Madrid. Metal frames create domestic landscape free from hierarchies

To renovate an apartment in the Spanish capital Zooco Estudio adopts a beam and column system that is independent from the existing structure.

Building a "house inside the house" is the strategy that Zooco Estudio has implemented for the renovation of a flat in Madrid. The first phase of the intervention consists in eliminating all the divisions of the existing apartment, built in the 20th century and featuring exposed wooden beams and pillars and traditional Catalan vaulted ceilings.

In the main area of the house, a space with a longitudinal development, metal beams and pillars with a square section of 8x8cm conceal the electrical systems inside them and arranged at different heights generate fluid and interconnected spaces, which can be separated with mobile panels of wood or glass that can become transparent or opaque.

Zooco Estudio, JHouse, Madrid, 2018
Zooco Estudio, JHouse, Madrid, 2018

Halfway between independent architecture and furniture design, the project could be categorized as “environment”, a definition that the architect and critic Emilio Ambasz gave for the famous exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at MoMA in 1972 to explore the themes of residential architecture of the present and the future.

This new domestic setting recalls those produced by many contemporary Japanese architects, in which private and shared spaces blend freely and ambiguously, exploring new ways of living together.

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