A rehabilitation and redesign project of a 19th century apartment that keeps tradition and minimalist design in perfect harmony.
Located in La Latina neighborhood in Madrid, Spain, this apartment is a great example of 19th century architecture, one that the clients wanted to celebrate and cherish. Architecture studio ARQUID completed both the restoration of the interiors and their redesign to create a perfect balance between past and present, while keeping the apartment’s historical legacy very much alive. The clients are keen travelers and readers as well as fans of minimalist design. In the new home, history and contemporary design not only coexist, but enrich each other.
The architects focused on using natural materials and a minimalist style throughout the apartment. The team also restored furniture and carefully preserved original elements. As the owners love books and have an extensive library, the studio inserted a central bookcase that organizes the main spaces and also doubles as a tranquil relaxation area. White walls complement the original varnished smoked oak wood flooring, letting the colors of the books stand out. The use of minimalist furniture accentuates the effect further. The library zone separates the day and night areas. The bookshelves connect reading spaces with the study and the kitchen. A large wood and glass opening allows light to flow freely though the living room.
The studio adapted the original layout to allow for more flexibility. At the same time, the architects preserved heritage elements such as the original French windows, wooden shutters, and moldings. The vertical moldings now accommodate discrete lighting which helps to create a serene atmosphere. Working with expert craftspeople, the team replaced some original carpentry elements with faithful replicas. Additionally, the apartment is now more energy efficient. To accentuate the feeling of calm, each bedroom has its own bathroom. A Japanese bathtub placed near large windows that fill the space with light reminds of the importance of enjoying quiet moments of complete relaxation. Photography © Alberto Amores.