by Murado & Elvira Arquitectos
The house is built in a long and narrow plot in a quiet residential area in Madrid, unused for years due to its unusual proportions. It accommodates the floor plan requirements inside a volume only 4 meters wide, resulting in a thin and compact prism.
On each level small outdoor spaces are inserted, allowing for a rich spatial experience while keeping the necessary privacy in a dense residential neighborhood. This sequence encompasses a courtyard on the basement level, a garden with a swimming pool on the ground floor and a double-height terrace on the first floor expand and complement the tight interior of the house. Thus, the usual sequence of stacked levels is challenged and turned into a dynamic vertical landscape.
The basement is illuminated through a dug patio that occupies the entire front of the plot. Over this void, a bridge connects the street directly to the garden and the entrance of the house.
The ground floor opens into the garden and the pool, which runs longitudinally along the edge. On this level, the living room and kitchen have large windows that allow the continuity of these spaces. Large perforated metal sliding shutters nuance the light. The circular cutouts of the sliding doors become the identity of the house.
On the first level, the main bedroom area occupies the whole floor, consisting of a bedroom, a walk-in closet and a large bathroom. The bathroom connects to the main terrace on the front of the volume. This terrace is enclosed by double-height walls with some openings to keep privacy and enjoy views, like a room without a roof. A spiral staircase floats over this space, connecting the second floor to the solarium on the roof, where you can enjoy the wide views of the entire area.
Architecture: Murado & Elvira Arquitectos. Clara Murado y Juan Elvira
Team: Christine Gutiérrez Chevalier, Victoria Bosch
Site management: Clara Murado y Juan Elvira (arquitectos) Alfonso del Castillo (arquitecto técnico)
Consultants: Ezequiel Fernández Guinda (estructuras) Tecnotec (instalaciones)
Contractor: APRO Construction Management
Lighting fixtures: Glumdesign
Mechanisms and switches: Hager
Area: Parcela 266m2 dimensiones de la vivienda 18m x 4m
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
C/ Méjico 15, 3ºC
28028 Madrid, SPAIN
Architecture & Design studio
Murado & Elvira is a creatively led, independent Architecture & Design studio stablished in Madrid, but with a wide experience working abroad and collaborating in multidisciplinary teams. We specialize in architecture, urban planning, environmental design, graphic design and graphic visualizations of processes and systems. We develop projects related to different sectors, ranging from culture and the arts to consulting, construction and retail. We have studied and worked in different places all over Spain, Italy, USA, Scandinavia… in collaboration with various agents, coming from different fields and backgrounds. Our work has been recognized with multiple awards such as Europan. It has been featured in specialized magazines (Diseño Interior, A+T, Proyecto Contract, etc.) and has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions like FreshMadrid and Venice Architecture Biennale.