elii [oficina de arquitectura]


095 · LETTO

Refurbishment of a home in Madrid


Refurbishment of a home in Madrid

Project for the refurbishment of an old flat in downtown Madrid, for ‘anonymous’ residents that will be sharing their domestic space in the future.

The proposal is arranged around six strips with alternating living areas and service areas. This arrangement optimises the floor space while also guaranteeing the utmost functional flexibility and the incorporation of other possible programmes, such as co-working spaces, a study, offices, etc. A wooden box is installed on the entry axis to divide the space into a public area and a private area, although the system employs a number of swivelling and sliding doors to improve the choice of circulations within the house so that it is possible to lead independent lives while sharing the common elements.

The living room and the kitchen-dining room are configured by means of a piece of furniture that acts as a filter with the street: it is used to sort the accesses, lighting, the technical functions and the storage functions, as well as the library for both rooms. There are even some hidden compartments and a fold-down table.

Simple changes of material in the paving, the walls and the ceilings mark the transitions between atmospheres. An ash wood finish is the common thread to all the spaces, with smooth finishes at eye level and striped finishes at the top or in mirror surfaces, on the tops of the thresholds. The reflecting surfaces pour the natural lighting of the outside balconies or the artificial lighting of the wall lamps into the darker areas.

A succession of airy spaces where scenarios can be imagined.


“You can take it with you”

1. ‘Anonymous’. This space is still empty of inhabitants. We are working on stimulating the fancy of people we do not know.

“Anonymous” spaces for “anonymous” subjects.

2. XXL. The original number of rooms was reduced so as to create spacious rooms that encourage the imagination to invent different scenarios.

Just like in the living room in “You Can’t Take It with You”, by Frank Capra.

3. System. An arrangement in strips guarantees the functionality of the space and the flexibility of the programme.

A scenario for the script of our daily life.

4. Filters. Sponged divisions that act as a filter for the spaces.

Fitted separations that are places.

5. Surface architecture. The environments are defined by changes in the materials of the surfaces, and not by the partitions.

The limits, the surfaces.

6. Open functions. A dressing room that can be a corridor, a living room that can be a study… a greater wealth of possibilities for use and walking.

Ambiguous spaces.

7. Hidden doors. Secrets are a material of the project.

Form (also) follows mystery.

  • Architects:
  • elii - Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios
  • Team leaders:
  • elii - Ana López + Sofía Coutsoucos
  • Team:
  • elii - Eduardo Castillo + Irene de Santos
  • Joinery:
  • Alfredo Merino Caldas
  • Fotography:
  • Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
  • Area:
  • 111.52m2
  • Date:
  • 2017
  • Location:
  • Madrid