Athic Refurbishment / Clavel Arquitectos

© David Frutos Ruiz

Architects: Clavel Arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Construction: Construcciones Gregorio Romero
Collaborators: Diego Victoria, David Pérez, David Hernández
Project Area: 234,30 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz

We were asked to refurbish an existing attic in the city. The main requirement from the client was to design a living space to display his personal collection of paintings. On the other side, we wanted to evoke the feelings of a suburban house and take them into the city.

original house

The refurbishment was made on an existing penthouse that was affected by strict regulations that impeded to modify the alignment of the façade walls.

Previous Plan

As an evolution of the previous layout, with corridors and room on both sides, we proposed a system of habitable bubbles by covering and breaking the existing outer walls. While the space in between works as service and circulation, each bubble has different uses such as dining room, living room, main bedroom, and children’s bedroom.


We proposed a small number of materials, making sure that they were as durable as possible. In this way, the bubble’s walls were cladded with opaque white glass. Contradictory with the creation of an art display system, this constructive solution gets very suitable when integrating three lines of flush-mounted rails for hanging paintings. The floor that surrounds the bubbles is paved with long slabs of grey phyllite stone, while their interiors are finished in different solid wood flooring.

© David Frutos Ruiz

In the circulation spaces, these materials were complemented with a continuous perforated gypsum ceiling, in order to counteract the acoustic behavior of the glass.

© David Frutos Ruiz

Finally, we paid special attention to lighting, solving three different levels of use: daily use lighting, by downlights and recessed LED strips around the perimeter; art display lighting, by cardan spotlights; and signalizing lighting in the outside, by LED strips under the glass walls that make bubbles float at night.

© David Frutos Ruiz

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Cite: "Athic Refurbishment / Clavel Arquitectos" 10 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • ariana roberts

    love the lighting- great job!

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  • anon

    So this is how it feels like living in an iPod.
    Jokes aside, very beautiful refurbishing!

  • up_today_arch

    very nice!… I made something like this in one of my previouse project and I like this approach very much…

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