Urban Shelter / MYCC

  • 28 Sep 2013
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© Elena Almagro

Architects: MYCC
Location: , Spain
Design Team: Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos Gonzalez
Area: 21.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Elena Almagro

From the architect. This singular urban shelter is just twenty square meters and nevertheless is one hundred cubic meters of volume. In such an enclosed space should a single person live and work. He will use his creativity and dynamism to make it his own sweet home.

© Elena Almagro

A longitudinal section defines the project. The space highness has been used to accommodate several pieces, which are limited in volume but at the same time all are visually connected to each other. Even the bathroom is within sight… The necessity to hold the programmed uses, each of them with specific characteristics and size, leads to an image which looks like those old computers platform games. The idea of light and simple floors where could be possible even easily jump from one to another was always in mind from the very first sketches.

© Elena Almagro

Size, both horizontal and vertical, of every piece gives as a result a non lineal path. So, moving from one room to another is a kind of small physical effort. Going up to the kitchen or getting down to the bedroom offers a stressed change and different sensation of the space, both any different unit and the apartment as a whole.

Exploded Axon

The apartment, even with its small size, wants to offer generous spaces and a big quantity of different pieces of use. The pieces that make it up, does not really have a fixed clearly defined use: the kitchen is a walk-through room to get the living. There are stands rather than stairs to go down the living, which is over a cellar-storage room. Then, it is possible to get the ladder to go up to the indoor sunny terrace, a place to be used as a study or a chillout. Also the central living room connects through four steps to the bathroom. This is an oversized kind of luxury room that holds even an in situ cosy kind of hamman bath. Construction and finishing are made in a direct and unadorned way and all is full of bright white.

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Cite: "Urban Shelter / MYCC" 28 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=431599>
  • Visar

    Where is laundry machine?

    • Bob

      I think, laundry machine is found under the kitchen.

      • Visar

        Wow… yess! I didn’t saw that space, most probably it should be there. Thank you!

  • http://my-forex.yolasite.com Croco Dile

    A lot has been accomplished in this limited space. Very good !

  • Max

    Amazing! only one thing comes to my mind. what i want to go to the bathroom and someone is over?

  • Martin

    Or you go to the bathroom, leave a bad smell and then want to cook food in the kitchen… Ehm, this bathroom thing makes the whole thing kind of pointless.

  • Valentine

    Nice one!
    Also, could somebody tells me what kind of software is used to create exploded axon like that? Is it post-processed 3d model or it’s 2d graphics from scratch?

    • Max

      That can be done in Revit 2013 and above. it’s called model displacement, it doesn’t effect the model but only displaces elements in the specific view you apply it to.

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  • hungdang

    i love this, Spaces work together effectively

    • Martin

      You do not see the bathroom problem?

      • Max