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Biombombastic / elii

  • 05:00 - 26 November, 2015
Biombombastic / elii
Biombombastic / elii, © Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero © Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero © Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero © Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    (elii) Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios
  • Design Team

    Pedro P. García, Alicia García, Ana López, Claire Laborde
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  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Construction

    Dionisio Torralba Construcciones
  • Carpentry

    Alfredo Merino Caldas
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Many houses in one

Complete refurbishment of a flat in the centre of Madrid
The purpose of this project is to renew an old flat in the centre of Madrid to turn it into a transformable space.

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

The project hinges around two complementary strategies. Firstly, an open space is configured, and the whole programme is grouped and arranged around an L-shaped band on two sides. This band includes the access to the household, the outer façade windows, a folding bed, the storage space, a complete kitchen, a fold-down auxiliary table, access to the bathroom and the washing machine. It optimises the spatial distribution and compacts all the functions so that everyday activities can benefit from as much space as possible, all the while adapting to the geometry of the apartment. Secondly, a fitted screen on one of the sides can be deployed from the wall to create different domestic arrangements, by closing the bedroom, the kitchen or dividing the house into two.

Wooden rails serve to construct the whole. They are the attachment points for the screen and establish the lighting of the spaces.

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

The screen works in unison with hinged and foldable devices and with the lighting to configure a flexible space that serves to alter the ‘domestic stages’ (as if it were a ‘domestic theatre’) with simple operations, turning one house into a multiplicity of homes.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Many houses in one
1. One space, many spaces. Biombombastic is as surprising as the paper of an origami figure. One simple surface is folded and unfolded depending on the domestic configuration to adapt to the everyday life of its inhabitants.

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

Multiplying spaces.
2. Black box. Biombombastic is part of a series of transformable occupational proposals that have been developed by elii. In these proposals, the inside of the households is configured as a small domestic theatre (#domestictheater): small black boxes where every day is enjoyed within a different stage.


Every house is a theatre.
3. Experiments with oneself. Blackboxing (#openblackbox) domestic spaces serves to rehearse, test, experiment and prototype experiences, habits, relationships and everyday life (#livinginablackbox).

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

Every day is a rehearsal.
4. Open or closed, but continuous. The screen is a physical separation, but its materials, partly opaque and partly translucent, allow light to flow from one space to another. Divisions that allow continuity.

© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero
© Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

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Big · November 27, 2015

Architects who spend more time thinking the name of the project than the project itself.

Tomislav Perkovic · November 26, 2015

I do not understand why he enclosure / rearrange the apartment of (only) 24.9 m2? What is the meaning to such a small apartment even more (visually) decrease with establishing barriers? Is not the idea of staying in large and airy space? You never see loft of 250,00 m2, which is divided in a smaller spaces, and here the space of 25 m2 is further cut into smaller spaces. I think these are more issues for psychologist and psychiatrist. He was always alone in the apartment (that's what we see on the video) and from whom he distances himself / hiding? In addition, the apartment is obviously a basement one, with no view and very little light. Which suggests that the owner has a need to be imprisoned. In general apartment looks like a prison room. Horror! Unfortunately this is not presented as an example of how not to work/design space...

mv · November 27, 2015 01:57 AM

I absolutely agree with you. Those walls are not providing anything useful nor convenient. I have experience living in less the 30sqm, and the last thing I needed was to waste time moving walls to hide things that I need to use everyday. Movables walls are not necessary a better solution than no walls, and that implies other issues like non-fixed furniture. It is easy to fake it with the room empty, but that is not the way it really works when you have to live in.

Lee · November 26, 2015

I think this is more of an Interesting spacial experiment with an original idea but I am not sure it meets everyday life needs. Text seems a bit #architecturalbullsh... by the way.


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