yellow tiled walls echo the previous use of a warehouse turned apartment in madrid

yellow tiled walls echo the previous use of a warehouse turned apartment in madrid

spanish architecture studio BURR  shares its latest project that takes a fresh look at the spaces we live in. called ‘MG08’, the intervention involved converting a former warehouse into two residential units in madrid, spain. realized for a single client but split into two apartments, the conversion is designed to evolve with the changing spatial and economic needs of the inhabitants.

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the architect’s main intention with MG08 was to generate a flexible dwelling unlike traditional housing models. ‘people look for a place where they can live for the rest of their lives, despite the fact that their lives can change enormously in many aspects, such as the number of family members, socioeconomic conditions, mobility or health status, among many others. a house should therefore be capable of transforming or adapting to the changes of its inhabitants instead of being an invariable element,’  explains BURR

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by josé hevia

 

 

located on the first floor, the former warehouse space is split right down the middle, with an acoustic protection wall separating the two units. both units contain an open plan kitchen, dining and living area that extends outside to a terrace. there’s also a shower room and mezzanine level bedroom space in each dwelling. 

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

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the material palette of the new apartments has been curated to reflect the previous functions of the warehouse. yellow tiled walls echo a gym locker room while exposed concrete hints at the different industrial and commercial uses of the original architecture. additionally, the concrete blocks of the separating wall between the two dwellings are left bare as a clue that it might be removed in the future. meanwhile, wooden elements bring a touch of warmth to the interiors such as the floor-to-ceiling kitchen and storage unit, which was developed by CUBRO, a company specializing in producing custom kitchens from standard IKEA units.

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image by josé hevia

 

 

in essence, MG08 is designed to be future-proof. residents will begin by occupying half of the house and renting the other half as an independent home. then, when they need and can afford more space, the dividing acoustic wall can be either partially or totally demolished. the wall could also be reinstated if the inhabitants require additional income in the future by renting part of the space.

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by maru serrano

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by josé hevia

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by josé hevia

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by maru serrano

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by maru serrano

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by josé hevia

BURR warehouse turned apartment madrid designboom

image by josé hevia

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image by josé hevia

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: MG08

location: madrid, spain

architect: BURR (fka taller de casquería)

collaborators: amanda bouzada novoa, matías rico bujeda

builders: proingenia proyectos

kitchen: BURR + CUBRO

photography: maru serrano, josé hevia

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