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  7. Duplex in Madrid / Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

Duplex in Madrid / Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

  • 05:00 - 18 April, 2016
Duplex in Madrid / Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
Duplex in Madrid  / Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro, © Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro © Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro © Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro © Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro + 22

  • Collaborators

    Alba Carrasco
  • Construction

    Félix De Las Heras
  • Carpenter

    Manuel Ruaza
  • Locksmithing

    Rmc Mettron S.L.
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© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

Text description provided by the architects. The project is a full refurbishment of a duplex in Madrid’s city center that will host a family expecting its third child and whose needs will change drastically along the next years. For that reason, the house is designed as an unfinished space, which will be modified and adapted to respond to the life changes of its inhabitants.

© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

In the first state proposed,the house has large and fluid spaces, where the absence of physical barriers (open spaces, doors disappearing into walls, very few partitions, continuous pavements...) allows permanent visual contact for a family with small children, understanding their spatial needs as an extensible playground. On the lower floor the house is built around three volumes, which coincide with the most intimate and private spaces (two bathrooms and a dressing room) and around a single volume upstairs (the third bathroom). The remaining program is configured as a series of interstitial spaces without clear boundaries and dissolving the traditional structure of the distributor hall.

Isometric
Isometric
Diagram
Diagram

As residents grow up, and needs for large spaces to play in are reduced, the house will be fragmented to respond to these new situations and requirements of independence in a very simple, fast and economic way. In this second phase, the project proposes an adaptability solution through which, with only two plasterboard partitions, the functionality of the house changes, offering more private spaces while maintaining the common family gathering spaces: the kitchen and living room.

© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

The staircase, built in folded sheet lined with bamboo and sustained with tensioned steel wires, plays an important role in this central core of the house, by being a lightweight and light-permeable element acting  as a spatial and activities link in the house. It is also an interactive object, which functions as a decorative support that holds the different expressions and family events throughout the year (birthdays, Christmas, Halloween...) giving the house a unique and customizable character.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The whole house has been adapted to improve climatic conditions with better insulation and smooth cross ventilation due to the fact that all doors and windows are sliding.

© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro

The project aims to achieve a dwelling whose life proceeds in parallel and harmony with the people who live in it, adjusting to their needs in time and understanding the necessity of adaptability and customization in our contemporary lifestyles.

© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
© Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro
Cite: "Duplex in Madrid / Marta Badiola + Jorge Pizarro" 18 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785531/duplex-in-madrid-marta-badiola-plus-jorge-pizarro/> ISSN 0719-8884