Integral reform of a penthouse in the neighborhood of Conde Duque in Madrid

Hedonism and pleasure are possibly the two concepts most present in many of the decisions which were made in order to redesign this penthouse. The house, which is for a person who lives alone, is located in the center of Madrid.

Traditionally, domestic space has been exclusively thought as a functional organization. This house considers also real and imagined aspects: it is now projected as a diffuse space, free of partitions, where the boundaries between rooms are blurred so that any unexpected events can happen.

Different sensations define the function of each area such as smell, touch and sight that are the fundamental elements of construction; in like manner it is made of the desire to produce and consume experiences that are to come, in solitude or with company, such as sitting by the fire in the fireplace in the winter, bathing in the pool with the windows open, reading on the terrace in the middle of the vegetation or seeing the stars on the roof on a warm summer night.

The body is the protagonist of all these dreams that develop in a mutable hybrid space, halfway between a loft and a matryoshka. The actions of cooking, eating, sleeping, doing exercise, interacting with others, working or resting, take place in a free space they are defined by the shape and position of the objects with certain scenographic conditions. The cleaning and care of the body are carried out in a set of connected rooms in the heart of the house.

The storage system, a wooden chest-cabinet that occupies the center of the house, is the link between both worlds. It is an element of play: it hides a secret access to the bathroom between its doors, setting the scene of a place for surprise and mystery in the house.

The interior space is bordered by a longitudinal planter of more than ten meters in length with two adjourning terraces facing south. They are green landscapes set up as artificial devices that dissolve the boundaries between the public and the private, the interior and the exterior and the house and the city.

All this is my house, the one I need. A home that, far from being a space of representation and appearance, seeks above all the celebration of life.


Arquitecto: gon-Gonzalo Pardo
Colaboradores: Alejandro Sánchez, Clara Dios
Construcción: Alejandro Ruíz. serviteco obras sl
Carpintería: Mariano García. Alma Ebanistería sl
Cocina: Victoria González. Vonna
Fotografía: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
Año: 2017
Ubicación: Madrid
Cliente: Privado
Superficie: 121,5 m2

Architects: gon

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gon is an architecture office headed by Gonzalo Pardo. His practice focuses on the research and development of multi-scale projects whose common denominator is a ludic, experimental, critical, and optimistic point of view of contemporaneity. Its interests focus on the creative processes of architectural design and construction, but also on the role that mediation and communication play in architecture as fundamental vehicles for transforming the world into a more sustainable, dignified, and free place.

Gonzalo Pardo graduated as an architect from ETSAM and holds a PhD cum laude since 2016. His doctoral thesis “Body and House. Towards the contemporary domestic space since the transformations of the kitchen and the bathroom in the West” was also awarded the Extraordinary Prize of Doctoral Thesis 2016-2017, and an honorable mention at the XI Contest of the Thesis Contest of Arquia Foundation.

Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at ESTAM, since 2007 he teaches at different universities and institutions covering different subjects related to the process of architectural design. Deputy Commissioner of the Spanish pavilion at the 16th Venice Biennial, he has won 41 national and international awards since 2000, including the first prize for the renovation of the AZCA block in Madrid in 2007; the second prizes in the international skyscraper competitions in New York and Velux in Denmark in 2007; COAM prize in 2004 for the curatorial cycle Paréntesis, and Runner-Up price in Europan 14 competition at Barcelona site.

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