JM55 House Renovation / BURR Studio
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Text description provided by the architects. JM55 is the transformation of a humble apartment built in the 70s in Madrid into an experimental dwelling. The housing block built in the 70s on Calle Joan Maragall in Madrid, reproduced the distribution paradigm of the time, managing to arrange two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a living room and a kitchen in 40m2. The independent parts have strictly adhered to the necessary functional minimums, reducing the potential size of each.
The proposed transformation is radically opposed to this principle, dismantling the divisions between the spaces and dissolving the limits of the uses associated with each of them. A central core integrates all the installations of the house, the toilets being the only element that can be isolated. The rest of the materials, uses and rooms merge and contaminate each other, so that the tenants sleep in the bathroom as well as shower in the living room. A piece of white tiling symbolically marks the wet uses that are present throughout the house, completely covering the central room and the floors nearby.
In counterpoint, rails included in the ceilings draw the plan of a totally different space. Temporary spaces enclosed by textile divisions seem to allow complementary activities or isolate those that require a higher degree of privacy. In this way, a study capsule can be installed, a bedroom can be isolated or the kitchen can be hidden. The curtains that delimit these spaces materially reflect the activities they are intended to house so that the bedroom is enveloped by a curtain made of quilts, while the office can be closed by a curtain made of folded strips of felt.