by Fundbüro

A house, inside a house, inside a house

Placed in the centre of Madrid, the renovation of this penthouse in a XX century traditional building was a challenge itself. With a tricky layout resulting from different extensions, the main objective was to bring back the light and functionality to the cluttered property, while introducing the new programmatic demands of the new owners. Two young creatives, a DJ and a graphic designer, lovers of cooking, social gatherings, music and open air.

The intervention consisted of striping the existing structure to its bones, in order to make room for a new layout able to highlight the best qualities of the property. A bast open space with 5 m ceilings was discovered by demolishing fake ceilings and walls, and a large terrace appeared on the edge of the house, providing an outside area to enjoy the good weather in the city. But a new constraint appeared in the process, the existing structure walls couldn’t be removed.

Therefore a new strategy was adopted where the layout adapted to the existing, but without giving up the incredible features previously discovered. A house was then constructed at the open space using the structural walls and containing all private programs in between the narrow partitions. This lack of space forced for a new creative solution, the niche bedroom. A small house inside the house to create a cosy sleeping space for the couple.

The result is a fluid and open space, with a clear division in between private and public, featuring an open kitchen and living room, a music studio and a terrace, perfect for the couple demands. And what is more important, adapted to the southern and northern antagonistic styles of their creative owners.

Architects: Fundbüro
Location: Madrid, Spain
Client: Private
Date: 2020
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Architects: Fundburo


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Fundbüro is an international design firm based in Berlin. Our multidisciplinary team explores from an innovative point of view the connections between design and society through different fields.

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Our cities and habitats, the way we live and relate to each other are going to change within the next few years. Society is continually in evolution, the last advances in science and technology will generate extraordinary and extremely fast changes, but also the risk of the inequality gap enlargement will be higher. Our capacity of adaptation and understanding is going to be challenged. Therefore, our cities, buildings, and objects can no longer be designed based only on the needs of their immediate surroundings. They must also be capable of being a physical support of the digital world to allow and potentiate connectivity inside our communities and between them. They must be empathic, and have the capacity of changing physically and qualitatively to adapt and evolve to fit new scenes and environments, being always an asset to their ecosystems.