spanish architect izaskun chinchilla has designed the auditorium for this year’s edition of casa decor in madrid. titled ‘fortuny’, the venue’s configuration and materials are inspired by the work of mariano fortuny — a renowned painter whose work is on display at the nearby prado museum. chinchilla pays homage to fortuny’s work through the reinterpretation of improvised roofs and natural vegetation found in his famed paintings.

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all images by miguel de guzmán / imagen subliminal

 

 

izaskun chinchilla’s design seeks to bring new life to the building hosting casa decor 2017 — a historic residence that dates back to the early 1900s. ‘the aesthetic fascination for ruinous places, inhabited with provisional means, has today a new sense and a new validity,’ says the architect. ‘the work of an architect or contemporary architect in europe is fundamentally oriented to the transformation of existing buildings: we already have the infrastructure, but our needs evolve daily.’

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the venue’s configuration and materials are inspired by the work of painter mariano fortuny

 

 

the design exposes the numerous layers of material that had previously been concealed by recent plastering — allowing the new elements of the scheme to coexist with the historic structure. this boundary is further blurred by the tiling that extends from the floor onto the lower part of the auditorium’s walls. conceived as a ‘wild garden in an abandoned ruin’, the design combines flowers, fabrics, and furniture to create an unashamedly eclectic setting.

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tiling extends from the floor onto the lower part of the auditorium’s walls

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
a distinctive ceiling canopy encloses the space

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
the design exposes the layers of material that had previously been concealed by plastering

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
the project has been conceived as a ‘wild garden in an abandoned ruin’

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
the latticed ceiling incorporates a variety of patterns and textures

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
elements of greenery are interspersed throughout the design

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
a range of different fabrics are presented

izaskun chinchilla casa decor
the scheme seeks to bring new life to the building hosting the event

 

 

project info:

 

name: auditorio fortuny
studio: izaskun chinchilla architects
author: izaskun chinchilla
collaborators: alejandro espallargas, guillermo sanchez, jesús valer, mercedes zapico, josé vidal
student collaborators: santiago isaac rodriguez, ismael fernandez.
client: casa decor
location: calle antonio maura 8, madrid, spain
surface area: 60 sqm
manufacturing and assembly: viuda de ramirez

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