Located in the central and unique Malasaña, broken down by endless work and constant graffiti vandalism, reform of this place, an ancient metalwork, which is also looking to open one of the most charming corners of Madrid and at the same time, show the hidden treasures in the architecture of the buildings in the area.
Two large windows call light and show the interior, the new life of here before dark, dirty, almost clandestine, now cheerful and outgoing, giving up the absurd privacy glass provided by the acid, thus recalling the walk very pleasant, central office street, such as those envied when we lived in Rotterdam. Safety glass facade of the street prevents the use of exterior walls and elements that contribute to the disfigurement of the area and do not integrate easily with the traditional architecture of the nineteenth century downtown district. To be the facade of the building protected the wood paneling are chosen and painted white to match with the neighbors upstairs. The back wall also opens the small backyard where a recycled rubber tiles and a perimeter methacrylate with a repetitive floral Willingly residual space and turn it into small seating area.
Once inside, as a first step to clean the premises, eliminating the wall finishes, ceilings and structural elements to assess their status and potential. In order to highlight the original architecture of the place was decided to retain all those elements whose state is acceptable. Plaster is restricted to the basement due to moisture present their faces and covering the walls with plasterboard more damaged the office area above. The roof has a bad condition, forcing us to cover it with a false ceiling hides the wiring overhead lighting. On the terrazzo tile floor, badly damaged due to previous use of the facility, provides a minimum raised floor to be finished in resin acid green, color, combined with white, which will mark the presence of new elements .
On the walls and structural elements that remain visible even apply a protective treatment that stresses their presence against those who choose to hide. The only exception to this rule, a central column of iron in acid green paint, one of the colors of the new elements to unify it with the ground and highlight it as a characteristic present in a large number of local neighborhood.
Although some walls could not stand seen by their poor condition, covered only the parts that come into contact with users, so the original finish looming over her memory plasterboard construction of the identity of the original building. This occurs in the side walls covered with white drywall in wet areas that limit [toilet and office] that lie at the bottom of the drywall local pistachio.
The custom made furniture is sought integration with the reform, is seen as an extension of the wall that stood, appearing almost as an extension of their walls. To achieve this it is painted the same color as the wall is constructed of the same height. In the case of the toilet, also takes advantage of the hollow of an old door, no longer in use, linking the club with another basement.
Down to the basement perform the same operation on the side cabinets, which reach only the edge of the wall, freeing up the roof over their whole length, ideal blank canvas for the intervention of the artist Jack Babiloni that to our suggestion of a largely monochrome painting reacted a proposal with the result “high turpentine, and ad hoc expressly entitled Brijuni is a mental landscape” in his words, we are particularly pleased and excited and protects us in every meeting we hold below. The file cabinets and areas appear after sliding transparent acrylic backlit for visual space rather than narrowed.
The toilet, on the top floor, is hidden by a vinyl plant motifs plays with the transparency to cover the neediest parts of privacy while on the lower floor, where privacy is not mandatory, transparent, exposing the the play of colors that books and folders down cabinets inside.
Wardrobes, bathroom and kitchen are located on the walls of local, leaving a large central area in both the ground floor and basement. To avoid interrupting the flow are selected furniture is simple, light and colors which are in tune with those elected to the structural elements in a flexible configuration that changes according to the needs of the study.
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