Spanish bakery is transformed in a flat with hidden patio

Auba Studio turns a former industrial space into a residence, by focusing on a functional distribution of the environments, which become brighter and more usable. 

From a former bakery in the 1980s to a single-family home: the renovation of an industrial space in Palma, Spain, offers a solution to unaffordable housing. Located on the ground floor and facing the street of a densely populated neighbourhood, the flat is based on a balance of natural light, usability of space and relationship with the outdoors. 

NZ10 apartment
auba studio, NZ10 apartment. Photo José Hevia

The project by Auba Studio gave shape to a luminous space that interconnects rooms and merges pre-existing features – exposed pipes, metal ceilings – with modern features and furnishings. The architects demolished the pre-existing partitions and inserted a multifunctional wooden volume into the space, dividing the dwelling longitudinally, distributing the rooms in a new way and in particular separating the living area from the sleeping area. The partition-furniture serves as shelving, cupboard and wardrobe, also housing a double washbasin and two rooms in the sleeping area. 

NZ10 apartment
auba studio, NZ10 apartment. Photo José Hevia

The spaces open onto a patio through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which are useful for optimal lighting – large windows are also used on the main side of the dwelling, here covered with slanted metal slats to prevent observation from the outside. 

NZ10 apartment
auba studio, NZ10 apartment. Photo José Hevia

A wood and glass roof completes the living area, becoming a porch for outdoor shading: an extension that breaks down the boundaries between inside and outside. 

Project :
NZ10 apartment
Location :
Palma, Spain
Program :
Private apartment
Architects :
auba studio (Architect: Santiago Martín-Borregón Navarro)
Structures :
HIMA estructuras
Area :
106 sqm, 51 sqm (patio)
Completion :

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