Blue walls and glass block: dividing a house of 40 square meters

Extra small but well studied thanks to the choice of using the glass block to divide the rooms. The apartment, designed by Martin Pelaez Studio in Madrid, measure only 40 mq. Making extensive use of semi-transparent blocks, of which all the practical and decorative potentials are explored, the architect has defined the functional areas of the twentieth-century apartment within a corralathat is a typical Spanish council house, celebrating its past and projecting it into the future.

«I tried to create a contrast between two worlds: the old, massive and opaque, and the new, light and permeable», Peláez sums up well. The small apartment has been divided into a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a small bathroom blind man near the entrance. In this case, the glass block wall makes the space less claustrophobic they let the light pass without diminishing the privacy, essential for the service room. The new partitions have a curved trend and contrast with the rigid geometry of the fixed furnishings, painted in a cheerful light blue which incorporates the traces of color found on the portions of metal carpentry exhibited during the renovation and marks another trait d’union with the history of the building.

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“The kitchen furniture – continues the architect – has a rigid course, forming a staircase which, in addition to providing more support spaces for objects and books, are more interesting both when viewed from the front, from the dining area, and seen from the adjacent living room. “. A few simple and creative pieces complete the furnishings. “The bedside tables are two concrete blocks, the table is a pine top with wheels, the coffee table is a mirror that” levitates “on a brick base, the sofa is a volume made up of foam-padded modules resting on the ground , in search of horizontality as happens for Japanese mattresses ».

The essentiality of the choices makes everything coherent and is reinforced by the original polychrome floor saved during the works. The cement tiles draw a carpet and contrast with the light stoneware chosen for the rest of the house. To make the most of the small size, the second bedroom is equipped as a hybrid area, with a desk and wardrobes, to be isolated by pulling heavy curtains only when necessary.

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