Habitation and workshop: the renovation of a former industrial space in Madrid

Renewing the longevity of industrial buildings in the urban fabric is the objective of the Taller De Casquería studio, who experiments in an old building in the Spanish capital a new balance between spaces for artistic production and housing.


Are old city factories destined to become ateliers for art? An hybrid between public and private, production and living space, the project of the studio Taller De Casquería for an old industrial space in Madrid is not only a specific intervention on a distinctive building, but takes on the value of a general reflection on the use of all those industrial spaces that are now unused, often without the parameters for a residential conversion, and are destined to be demolished also under the pressure of large real estate groups.  

Used as a laboratory used for artistic practices but equipped to all intents as a house to live in, the old body of the building has been purged of all the masonry work following construction, as to enhance the beauty of the imposing volume. Conceptually divided between a ground floor oriented to working activities and a first floor mainly relegated to living quarters, the recovery intervention plays on the experimented post-industrial aesthetics renewing the discovery of space with calibrated surprise effects.

On the upper floor, in particular, the environment becomes more personal thanks to the insertion of a bent sheet metal module, a simulacrum of the old industrial machines that populated the factory, which is transformed into a new device to scan the space, emphasizing thresholds of passage - also thanks to the use of imposing curtains in plastic material - or recreating curious service spaces. Disposable, the module can be replaced if necessary, offering the possibility of reprogramming the space for new possible uses.

Taller De Casquería
250 sqm

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