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Spanish house’s redesign creates crannies inside nooks inside areas

It’s not a lot a residence of rooms as it’s a house full of nooks, crannies and fashionable areas for dwelling and dealing.

J Home — within the widespread, central La Latina neighbourhood of Madrid, Spain — challenges and provokes our understanding of what a house is. Merely answered: it’s a house inside a house.

Architects have been requested to refurbish the unique, 1,500-square-foot loft, however say the renovation was really nearer in nature to a brand new development. “It’s extra like constructing a single-family house than an inside rehabilitation,” mentioned architect Jorge Alonso Albendea, with Zooco Estudio in Spain.

The plan was to generate 10 horizontal buildings, all in numerous heights and every with a unique perform. As effectively, the areas above and beneath the ten buildings — relying on the peak — every had a function. And, ultimately, the varied ranges that have been created really labored as furnishings.

The house’s decrease stage features a bed room with a personal ensuite rest room, the primary rest room and a semi-open and versatile dwelling space that may be transformed into one other room sooner or later. The kitchen is linked to the eating room and lounge. Subsequent to the kitchen is an workplace space and a typical rest room.

On the higher stage, there may be one other bed room and a research space linked by a hall that serves as a library and gallery.

Accomplished in 2019, J Home took about 18 months to design and construct.

We requested architect Jorge Alonso Albendea just a few questions on his distinctive design:


What was the inspiration for the house? What was it earlier than — and what was the plan to replace it?

It was impressed by Japanese structure. We wished a minimal esthetic and the prospect to avoid wasting area in top.

The construction is an previous, brick manufacturing unit from the top of the twentieth century that was transformed right into a loft-style condominium constructing. The home has load-bearing brick wall, a construction of wood pillars and an authentic Catalan vault ceiling (curves created by laying bricks lengthwise alongside parallel wood beams).

What totally different components have been used?

There are 5 components. There’s a perimetric load-bearing wall product of clinker bricks (distorted, over-fired bricks) that are painted white. Pine wooden that was already there makes up a serious a part of the flooring and a number of the challenge’s enclosures.

There’s a white metallic construction, that generally rests on the ground and different instances hangs from the ceiling. There are additionally totally different glass surfaces with differing opacity.

And there may be the waxed concrete, a steady floor with no joints within the humid surfaces just like the kitchen and loo flooring, the sinks or the bath.

How did you create privateness with the open and different areas?

There are totally different grades of privateness. The construction design exhibits what needs to be seen and hides what needs to be hidden. Through the use of clear or opaque glass — relying on the area — we will present enclosure of the construction.

What challenges have been there in constructing the house?

The challenge consists of constructing a home within a home, which suggests it’s extra like constructing a single-family house than an inside rehabilitation. It is because it has its personal construction, enclosures and installations. The design was fairly laborious as a result of every area was effectively thought-out — and the shopper was very demanding.

How will the pandemic will have an effect on your structure sooner or later?




The pandemic will have an effect on society as a complete, subsequently it’ll have an effect on additionally structure as a necessary a part of it. Concerning buildings and public areas, it’s apparent we are going to change the best way of utilizing them and consequently projecting them.

Transferring to personal areas, I don’t assume that they may change a lot of their morphology and use. Perhaps an entrance area will likely be included, however I don’t assume rather more.


What I do assume is that the standard of the areas, the lighting and air flow will begin to be valued extra since we are going to spend extra time at house. These are features that architects and a few shoppers extremely worth, however not everybody.

Georgie Binks is a Toronto-based author and a contract contributor for the Star. Attain her at
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