An elegant and imaginative collage aesthetic permeates this house spotted on Nuevo Esilo, situated in one of the most dynamic areas of Madrid, the Barrio de Las Letras. With an unbeatable blend, interior designer Marie-Caroline Willms, who runs EMCI. ID Projects has achieved an environment full of creativity and surprising contrasts. The home is located in the cultural axis, the Art triangle, which is a valuable factor to boost the reform of an abandoned home during the last hundred years. But, in addition, the floor itself was a diamond for polishing. But with a legacy, the typical distribution of the century past, of labyrinthine corridors, a kitchen away from the rest of the rooms and electrical wiring at the sight, its great potential is intuited under so much decadence.
The objective was starting from scratch, but respecting the identity of the building: “When I saw the high ceilings with crown molding, self-leveling floor… I got excited with its possibilities”. It was necessary to re-distribute the spaces according to the life of the new occupants. The designer restored the original framework, with beams and pillars of wood, and brick walls that were left exposed. The floor became a loft with environments by original combinations, which highlights a subtle elegance and a chic Bohemian flair. The house is a suggestive compilation of trends, well-seasoned with powerful notes of humor, classic refinements, unique accent pieces such as a bouquet of flowers made with colorful balloons in the living room and antiques.
This unique apartment, spotted on Mi Casa, is located just steps from El Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain occupies a building floor with a basement, an example of balance between history and modernity. This brilliant rehabilitation and new uses of space was the result of the work of two teams of architects, Quam Architecture and Porras & La Casta Architects. The rehabilitation of this house meant a major challenge: respecting the architectural characteristics of the building without losing sight of modernity in its wider concept.
Distribution, functionality and decorative change were necessary. A drastic transformation, since reforms were not undertaken in forty years, the basement of the building had originally been a warehouse. The building was built in the early 20th century with the typology of that era, walls of solid bricks and granite blocks. The homeowners, who worked closely with the architects, wanted a reform that retained the original essence, highlighting structural jewels – baseboards, doors, domes and arches of brick – and restoring the woodwork and shutters.
The interiors were carried out by the company Embroes, which got a comfortable and upbeat reform, peppered with unique details. The living room, dining and kitchen, as well as the basement, where the bedrooms are situated, displays decor that responds to the mixture of current tradition with the past.
On the floor, a glass skylight illuminates part of the basement of the home.
The house of seventeen balconies is a transformation of a property that was in dark and labyrinthine origins in the heart of Madrid, Spain. Studio Arroyo Architects undertook this project to reform in into a radical conversion of space into a typical nineteenth-century distribution, with a clear differentiation between service and noble areas. These latter areas were grouped around a central patio with an infinity of small dwellings and endless corridors that filled this part of darkness and mazes. The reform put an end to excessive compartmentalization to create continuity around the courtyard a circulation and vision to achieve spacious surfaces that are flooded with natural light.
Instead of passing through various corridors, the entire house became interconnected through large spaces. The original architectural elements that characterized public areas were respected, such as moldings, woodwork, cast iron radiators and pine flooring. Efforts were made to minimize the materials used in the reform. In areas where wood was no used, cement was put in its place, which also covered sinks and showers. As for walls and ceilings, they were painted white to create the perfect canvas to highlight the extraordinary works of art and furniture. Style combines antique pieces mixed with contemporary, responding to the character of the owners, who are lovers of art, reading and collecting of object acquired on different trips.
The furnishings and the spatial conception of this house spotted on Mi Casa are the reflection of the tastes and customs of their owners, a Spaniard who has spent half a lifetime in United States and Great Britain and her husband, of Swedish origin. After a long search, the couple found their ideal space to live in the heart of Madrid, two small cottages, which have been transformed into a luminous and comfortable house with the help of architect Luis Ester Butragueño.
The two residences were joined together to create larger more spacious rooms. The ground floor consists of the lounge, library, kitchen and dining room that communicate with each other by way of sliding and accordion doors. On the first level, a corridor leads to the guest room and the rest of the family bedrooms.
In terms of decoration, the owners personally chose the furnishings, upholstery and accessories with a British accent. The idea was to infuse brightness into all the rooms with a base of neutral tones, which is an influence of the Nordic countries. Sculptures and pictures become more important in the interior due to the hobby and the direct contact that the owner has in his work with the art world. The result is a home that exudes personality.
In this newly built house, spotted on Mi Casa, situated in a town near Madrid, Spain the project of interior design was carried out with loving care by designer Rocío Olmo. The guideline of the designer’s aesthetic was to create a home with a serene decor, full of style and personality. Furnishings of current lines were alternated with exclusive pieces and design models.
Daring color combinations were chosen to add personality to the interiors. In the main living areas, an intense shade of blue captures all attention and brings serenity and elegance in equal measure. The designer combined with success a background in white with exclusive golden notes and selected accessories in leather and wood, adding warmth to the space with texture and tonality.
The living room, a very luminous space, was divided into two seating areas that coexist in harmony, despite different aesthetics, one with contemporary details, collected and classical, next to the fireplace. The flexibility in the distribution was achieved through the use of auxiliary parts. Rocío Olmo has managed to unify rooms with a mixture of styles on the first floor through the use of color. In addition, various lines enrich the decoration, combining straight strokes with others that are more sinuous and rounded, present in the floral prints chosen for textiles and furniture design. Striped wallpaper is prolonged on the walls of the staircase on the first floor, melding to a more delicate motif distributed through the bedrooms.
A-A Flat is a fabulously designed property in which the different areas of the home are linked to each other as well as to the garden outside in Madrid, Spain. Designed by the architecture firm Ábaton, the southern face of the residence has been designed as a rounded concrete wall with a private garden and swimming pool behind. Only two constructive materials were applied throughout the home, limestone for the floors and damp areas and white matte paint on the walls, cupboards and trim around the sliding glass doors.
The kitchen was conceived as a social area openly connected to the other rooms. The areas throughout the home are decorated with minimalistic details, few pieces of sculptural and artworks are used for decoration. With a mostly neutral color palette, some wood furnishings are used to add texture to the space. Furniture groupings separate the opening dining, living and kitchen area. In the master bedroom retreat, the bathroom has an open bathtub and shower with no wall separating the space. A his and hers closet behind the bed divides the room and a pocket door hides the water closet with a piece of transparent glass in the wall to diffuse natural light into the space.
This detached house in Madrid, Spain is defined as “a sculptural set of clean lines and perfect volumes”, designed by studio A-Cero with the architect Joaquín Torres to head. Seen from the outside, a concrete facade defines the building as a series of simple geometric shapes. The slope of the plot has served to design a building spread out onto two floors: the basement, which has a spa, wine cellar and service area, and a main floor where the life of the house is centered around and where the entrance is accessed from. The home is divided into the public spaces, the living room, dining room, kitchen and office areas, and the more private bedroom areas and a series of outdoor areas and porches that open to the pool.
In the interior spaces, every wall and every detail reflect the care and studied work behind the joint inspiration of A-Cero and interior design studio Cosmic Group, represented by Belen Domecq team. The materials were selected for their high quality and simplicity, as well as for their elegance and sobriety. The flooring is decorated with oak wood by Detarima, including the kitchen and bathroom. With its dark tone, in contrast to the whiteness of the walls marks a chromatic duality that will become a constant in all the living spaces.
Gray, wenge and chocolate stand out against the white and adds warmth and comfort to the spaces, enhanced by furnishings designed and made mostly for any occasion. Furniture and details continue to be governed by the same tones and equal desire for simplicity and functionality, which contributes to focus attention on one of the large construction claims: the outside. The highlights are a succession of porches and a spectacular pergola under which a chill out zone overlooking the pool has been installed. The large windows also pay homage to the outdoor spaces and allow an almost constant contemplation of the garden.
Steel, concrete, glass and travertine are four materials combined in this duplex home in the financial heart of Madrid, Spain. Designed by architecture studio Bueso-Inchausti & Rein, the materials define the volumes that make up the house and at the same time create an intentional play of lights and shadows. The old building was partially restructured, which formerly hosted offices, to turn it into a modern residential estate. The original structure has been preserved and on it a set composed of eight houses has risen. One of them is this duplex, which enjoys an extra outdoor area with garden and swimming pool, both for private enjoyment.
The project called for a home that would be timeless, incorporating brilliant design solutions and excellent architectural craftsmenship. Special attention was given to finishes such as travertine covered on the walls. The open plan living room overlooks the garden and integrates it into the indoors by way of glass sliding doors, offering an enviable panoramic view. This transparency is evident with the treatment of polished Zimbabwe black granite flooring, reflecting volume, light and, ultimately, the result of a good project.
Visit the website of architecture studio Bueso-Inchausti & Rein here.
This fabulously designed home found on Elle Decor, is located in Madrid, Spain, owned by businessman Jaime Lacasa, considered to be one of the most stylish men in Madrid. Jamie is an interior stylist and owner of furniture and menswear boutique, Scooter & Jimmy’s Scooter. Filled with plenty of natural light and open space, this 3,229 square foot (300 square meters) apartment home is chalk full of bold color, including the robin’s egg blue painted floors, intriguing artwork and eclectic objects. Jamie has completely transformed this space using some of his own furnishings and infusing the home with his inspiring talent for mixing vintage with modern decor.
Ceramic House is a gorgeous attic space situated in a classic early 20th century building that has been transformed into a new living space with a mulitude of levels in Madrid, Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez, as if the design would be a three-dimensional object, where every one of the rooms or points of the home can be located by specifying the axis of coordinates. The result is the power to move around in few square meters at different heights, going up and down, offering a new experience of roominess in the context of a home: to explore the space. The transition between the rooms is continuous and lets the movement flow freely across the numerous levels.
The spatial flexibility that transforms this home is an innovative housing concept which adapts itself to the actual necessities and to the new usages. Where roominess, brightness and time flow in a multifunctional space without corners or precedence. It is also about expanding the parameters of interior design as well as the conventional trends of arrangement. According to the architect’s objective the ceramic thus transforms itself into an excellent dynamic entity able to offer the luxuriousness of working in three dimensions. “Change and continuation”, “tradition and innovation” simply unfold with a new angle on the use of ceramic material.
Visit the website of architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez here.
Photos: Pedro Martínez