Today we received the comission to convert an open office plan of 316 sqm in Madrid into four flats. We are happy, it comes as a good start of the year, after some weeks of working with A+M architects on the furniture and equipement for Vil.la Joana. Our proposal is rather straightforward, and we have tried to simplify the distribution in order to make possible a building schedule of two months, the client is very strict with that deadline.
All the service spaces are gathered in a central longitudinal strip, so the sewage and MEP networks have a clear laying to the main drain pipes, clearing the façades for the living spaces.
Ahead of us lays the task of defining the materiality of the interiors, which shall be very minimalistic, with a parquet flooring as a base for the rest of the elements.
Our main challenge here are the deadlines, which are a must. We have three weeks to have the project ready for municipal license and those two months for the actual refurbishing.
Now the Barcelona, Mallorca and Madrid works are at full speed.
3, 2, 1…Ignition!!!
Incredibly enough, we are still discussing the details of the railing for the stair at the houses in Mallorca. Since the works have been long delayed due to problems with the electric supply we have had time for philosophy…
Sketch for the stair
Initial Render for the Mallorca house
Skylight over the stair
The rooms get light from the stair
the interstice where the stair is suspended
Top of the stair
At living room height
Our initial detailing was a simple railing with two horizontal metal tubes, emphasizing the lightness of the stair. Altough regulations for private stairs allow for that in Spain, further consideratations relating safety of users where introduced by the blacksmith, who said, “hey, this ain’t japan”, referring to those floating japanese stairs with almost no railing at all. And it ain’t. Continue reading
A traditional arabesque indoor design contained in a clear line exterior design.
The proposal provides for a program of modern housing in a building inspired by traditional Majorcan farms Continue reading
The house is located in an area of several acres, planted with Olive trees, at the foot of the Ports of Basseit, overlooking the Ebro Delta. Continue reading