The renovation of this flat with a 110-square-meter built area, in a building raised in the early 1970s in Madrid’s Pacifico neighborhood, is part of a series of projects falling under two ongoing investigations. ‘Non-Binary Space’ explores the syner
The second project of the Urban Cabinet series – which explores design strategies around the notion of ‘furniture-architecture’ or ‘furnitecture’ – involved renovating a 1950s open-block housing unit in central Madrid’s Retiro neighborhood. It unifie
All at a minimumA small flat by the Manzanares River has been renovated to accommodate young members of a family that has occupied it since the building’s construction in the 1920s. It was partitioned into several rooms like a larger apartment, and t
The north terminal, inspired by the mountains in the backdrop of the station, is a geometric response to the vaulted system of the south terminal. In both cases, the double-height floors offer visual and spatial continuity with the exterior…
Gonzalo del Val and Toni Gelabert, in collaboration with Clara Castañeda, revamped this flat in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood, in a residential building raised between 1925 and 1927 for the Marquis of Amurrio by the architect Gustavo Fernández Balbu
This thorough revamp of a 50-square-meter flat was carried out with a material budget of only 10,000 euros. Six decisions were made at the outset. The first one was to work with termal gradients in the functional and programmatic layout of the dwelli
Located in downtown Logroño, this public secondary school was thoroughly revaped to create sports facilities, exhibition halls, an auditorium, and a multipurpose classroom that all citizens would have access to. The original building was characterize
Urban Cabinets is a series of home refurbishment projects that explores design strategies around the concept of furniture-architecture. In each project, the custom-made furnishings shape domesticity. Urban Cabinet Series (1): Domesticities around th
The thorough revamp of a 400-square-meter duplex on the 10th and11th floors of Torres Blancas in Madrid is presented as a dialogue with the apartment building that Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza built. Drawing from texts on the project that the archi
Ainhoa Martín and Francisco Peláez have carried out a full renovation for a home-cum-studio in a 1917 building located in the Madrid neighborhood of Palos de Moguer. Their Madrid-based practice, Martín Peláez, explains that the name of the project re
This single-family house is emptied out to start with the interior reconstruction process, adapting the dwelling to current regulations and reinforcing the wall structure. The new central atrium leads to the different floors, all open to the garden a
The refurbishment project proposes a landscaped roof based on a new topography. This garden is covered at specific areas in the tradition of orangeries and greenhouses, turning the vegetation into the key component of the design...
The renovation of a house built in the 1980s is reduced to isolated interventions that play with surfaces and textures to give the place personality without sapping its essence. Maintaining the original layout as it is, the revamp makes use of contra
In the scheme to convert a former car-engine repair facility into a place to live and work in, the actual forms of the existing structure were used to define the different spaces required...
The house for a trap music singer is a concatenation of sets that amount to a spatial translation of this subgenre of hip hop, and reflects the eclectic personality of its occupant...
An automobile repair shop surrounded by a ramp becomes a home where a sequence of parallel walls makes hallways unnecessary and is conducive to the crossing of paths. Both energy saving and natural lighting determined the construction solutions appli
A reduced budget warranted rethinking the residence as a succession of concentric spaces that harness passive strategies to bring consumption of energy down to a minimum. Instead of the usual arrangement of rooms and hallways, the layout follows a th
A former industrial warehouse within a block courtyard is now the home and atelier of a photographer, and to guarantee maximum comfort it underwent a painstaking refurbishment...
The dwelling refrains from adopting a pre-set layout, instead organizing itself in four isotropic rooms, which are spatially and visually connected by large centered openings...
The revamp of a flat in a tower built in the 1950s eliminated the outmoded original partitioning, in favor of an undefined cruciform space that lends itself to multiple options. The main space is unobstructed, whereas each of the rooms with specific
The renovation of a modest apartment that dates back to 1850 pursues maximum flexibility in order to fit in a wide-ranging program, in the process trying to make the most of its good orientations.
The Barcelona firm Estudio CO-A, founded by Clara Ocaña, has renovated this 1930s dwelling of long corridors, typical in the elongated morphology of the standard floor plan of apartments in the Eixample, where the buildings is located. The client req
The imposition of a new structural order altogether transforms a house nestled between party walls, without sacrificing the formal expression of its vaulted ceiling...
The house has traditionally been a promising ecosystem for young architects. Straight out of university, inexperienced and with not much to show for on their agendas, ‘newby’ professionals look for work wherever they can, and renovations of the homes
In schools of architecture, students are not taught how to execute renovations. This kind of work, disdained for years in schools and by the great representatives of contemporary architecture who teach there, has become the bread and butter of a prof