It is with an audacious and hyper-contemporary renovation that the Lucas y Hernández-Gil architecture studio rethinks the features of a two-level residence located in Madrid. Accessible directly from the street level and developed along its length, the apartment structurally lacks the presence of light, which filters into the ground floor and the basement only from two internal courtyards. To overcome this limitation, the architects do not hesitate to multiply the light wells in the flooring, using in particular a large portion of the floor located at the threshold and now replaced by a lattice.
In addition to that, unexpected reflective materials are used to multiply the refraction of light, such as the metal profiles attached to the ceiling, the corrugated sheet metal inserted on some portions of the wall, and the mirrored plastic curtains which open or segment the space. Inspired by Rothko's color fields, solid colors from electric blue to powder pink bring out clear volumes that enhance the rhythmic scanning of the space and reinforce the intimacy of the different environments.
The effect is sublimated not only in the apricot stairwell connecting the levels, but also in the most unreal and metaphysical space of the apartment: located in the basement under the entrance grid, the artificial garden offers a new, space-age interpretation of the hortus conclusus, immerging us into new inscapes.
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