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Madrid, Spain elii (oficina de arquitectura)

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Category Personal Places
Studio: elii (oficina de arquitectura) (Madrid, Spain)
Authors: Uriel Fogué Herreros, Eva Gil Lopesino, Carlos Palacios Rodríguez
Location: Madrid, Spain
Program: Housing, single,
State: Renovation, extension, transformation
Video credits: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
Model: Havi Navarro
Image credits: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

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general aspects

The project involves the complete rehabbing of a flat in Madrid.
The first step consists of reprogramming the pre-existing dwelling: a flat loaded with memory, built in the seventies of the last century reflecting a generic typological scheme based on standardized domestic criteria. Accordingly, there is an open central space semicircular in shape, around which the rest of the rooms orbit. This provides a flexible scheme that fosters cross relations and promotes interaction, reducing walking distances and increasing the potential afforded by space.
The central space opens out towards the main façade, making the most of natural light. In addition, it integrates a number of unique points, such as the space for the chaise longue or a reading point located on the terrace, where folding walls allow the façade to be opened completely to let this outdoor space to be added to the interior of the home. The kitchen area faces the center point of the semicircular room, favoring a direct relationship between the two. The resting and work areas complete the side band, and are separated by transitional and storage spaces. Lastly, the bathroom hugs the curve, completing the scheme. The geometry, the background dimension and the position of the openings also make it possible to turn this domestic space into a photography studio.
The curve is finished in vertical wooden elements that play on optics and colors, whenever the inhabitants move, creating a dynamic effect of vibration and depth in this special place. The single-leaf carpentries open out onto the urban landscape, interrupted only at specific points by the leaves on the trees or on the tropical prints of the awnings. The resting area is finished in dark tones. The bathroom is equipped with luminaires that can be configured to create different chromatic atmospheres. Finally, an energy monitoring system can be used to control electricity consumption, connecting the domestic sphere with large-scale ecological programmes.

about the category

A young person decides to renovate the family home where he grew up and lived for many years to turn it into his new home and professional office. The project starts off with a review of memories, experiences and life lessons, to rethink the present and imagine a future for this new stage of life. The challenge lies in designing a space that facilitates, accelerates and accompanies this process; to devise a sort of home catalyst.
The geometric and dimensional scheme of the project intensifies the power of space, inviting (and inciting) users to appropriate it and to try out different choreographies of bodies and objects. The whole forms an open scheme for the hedonistic experience of its inhabitant; a place for "self-care"defined by:
- Reprogramming (us): We usually inhabit spaces that have not been designed for us. The main goal is to design an architecture for self-care.
- Suspend the generic: Many houses are designed for a generic user. But designing one's own home should attend to the user’s particular desires. Instead of accepting the generic condition. Let’s amplify the differences.
- Playfield: The challenge is to design an open space that can heighten power and that invites us to appropriate it. Let’s understand a home as a playfield.
- Kinetic condition: The central space is activated with movement. It plays on optics and colors, whenever the inhabitants move, creating a dynamic effect of vibration and depth in this special place. Let’s think of an excitable architecture.
- Interscalarity: Energy monitoring technologies connect the domestic space with larger-scale ecological programs. The house becomes the scene where an energy conscience is built. Let’s participate in the ‘outside’ world matters from the inside.
- Dejà vu: Memory editing consists of discovering the unknown in the familiar and the familiar in the unknown. We always live in a sort of previous futures.