HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia

hanghar revives 1970s apartment in madrid as double dwelling

 

Spanish architecture studio HANGHAR takes on the renovation of a 1970s apartment in Madrid, transforming its spaces into a double dwelling spanning 130 square meters. Dubbed Casa Gracia, the project derives from a doppelgänger distribution, resulting in two near-symmetrical living units with visually equal perspectives, producing a series of hexagonal rooms indifferent to their program or orientation. Equally placed, symmetrical openings lead to different uses depending on their location in the plan. ‘Casa Gracia is a step forward in our exploration of inefficient plans and reinforces our goal to demonstrate the possibilities that spatial structures have in diluting domestic conventions,’ shares the team.

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
two near-symmetrical living units with visually equal perspectives | all images © Luis Díaz Díaz 

 

 

how casa gracia reenacts twofold spatial compositions

 

Elaborating on its words, the team at HANGHAR (see more here) envisions Casa Gracia as a spatial system indifferent to the site in which it is implemented, continuing the spatial strategy of previous projects, here amplified by the introduction of a second-tier system of interlocking anterooms that function at times as connecting hallways or storage. These intermediary spaces derive from the studio’s interest in twofold spatial compositions and are a reenactment of many architectural references, from Loosian interiors, to Gaudi’s Casa Vicens or Caccia Dominioni’s double doorways. 

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
Casa Gracia by HANGHAR derives from a doppelgänger distribution

 

 

The system, conceptually generic whilst physically specific, negates any relationship to perimeter, program nor orientation. Materially speaking, the palette is reduced to a continuous floor plane holding each house’s distinctive color code, made of a simple mosaic. The spatial grid is highlighted by a series of lightweight and autonomous pieces of furniture that hold domestic appliances and storage. It’s bright, loud colors are in contrast with the interior’s restrained and subdued material palette. The placement of mirrored surfaces across the home dilutes the project’s limits and amplifies a spatial system eager to expand itself beyond the physical space in which it is applied.

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
each apartment boasts a distinctive color code, made out of a simple mosaic

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
Casa Gracia is a renovated 1970s apartment in Madrid

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
playing with depth, natural lighting and color contrasts

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia

 

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
producing a series of hexagonal rooms indifferent to their program or orientation

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
interlocking anterooms that function at times as connecting hallways or storage

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
lime-colored anteroom

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HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
bathroom area

HANGHAR plays with duplicities to shape near-symmetrical apartments inside casa gracia
physical model of Casa Gracia

 

 

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project info:

 

name: Casa Gracia

location: Madrid, Spain

architect: HANGHAR@hanghar.llc

contractor: MRS Constructores 

photographer: Luis Díaz Díaz @luisdiazdiaz

area: 130 sqm 

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