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Urban Shelter / MYCC

  • 01:00 - 28 September, 2013
Urban Shelter / MYCC
Urban Shelter / MYCC, © Elena Almagro
© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro © Elena Almagro +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Design Team

    Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos Gonzalez
  • Area

    21.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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
© 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
© 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
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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hungdang · October 06, 2013

i love this, Spaces work together effectively

Martin · October 07, 2013 07:13 PM

You do not see the bathroom problem?

Choi Woo Young · October 03, 2013


Valentine · October 02, 2013

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 · October 04, 2013 02:07 PM

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.

Martin · October 02, 2013

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.

Max · September 30, 2013

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

Croco Dile · September 28, 2013

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

Visar · September 28, 2013

Where is laundry machine?

Bob · September 29, 2013 12:03 PM

I think, laundry machine is found under the kitchen.


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