Apartment Renovation by Wespi de Meuron and Abaton

This minimalist apartment renovation in Madrid was designed by Wespi de Meuron Romeo in collaboration with Spanish architect Àbaton.

Architects: Wespi de Meuron Romeo architetti, ABATON Arquitectura
Location: Madrid, Spain
Photography: Luis Arsin

This existing apartment was divided into two different floors; on the lower floor, the 6th floor, there was a traditional existing apartment with very nice classic and historic elements, like the ceiling decorations and traditional windows, which give a nice atmosphere and which have been maintained as much as possible. To reinforce it, the existing floors (they were in very bad condition and had to be replaced) were replaced with new wood floors. Also, the classical existing room divisions were maintained as much as possible, while introducing the new functions. On the upper floor, the 7th floor, there was an unused attic, whiteout any tradition, but which offered the great potential to be used as the main living space, with direct access to the roof terrace. The concept attempts to connect the two floors and to join the tradition with the modern spirit to gain a union.

The upper floor is completely modern, minimalistic, and without traditional elements. The imposing pitched roof and the small openings domain positively the ambiance of this space, at the same time they also create low parts of the room and limited natural light. To face these problems, oblique but vertical walls (with integrated several uses like library, kitchen, cupboards, etc.) are introduced avoiding these low parts and also creating large embrasures, which are reflecting and distributing the natural light into the whole room. The complete room becomes one entire continuous space. The kitchen, as an important element, is placed in the center of the room, where the ceiling is high.

To connect the two floors, the entrance hall, the corridor, and the master bedroom in the 6th-floor area are also designed in a modern minimalistic way. Once entering the apartment the modern ambiance invites you and a skylight admits natural light to enter the center of the apartment and it also leads to the upper floor. To create a union the white color is used for everything like walls, ceilings, floors, and doors.