Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

Refurbished Heritage Apartment in Madrid Photographed by Juan Baraja | Yellowtrace

 

It’s always a tricky thing, negotiating a contemporary brief with an existing heritage space. While many designers might obsessively refashion a square peg for a round hole, revealing as little evidence of this process as possible, Spanish architect Francisco Javier Eguiluz takes the opposite approach. Instead, he expresses some of the incongruous quirks that result from this process. Dog legged floor finishes, new rooms that straddle over two existing rooms and the deliberate expression of demolished walls. This is a space that does not try to paper over its past.

There’s potential for such a gesture to feel a little clumsy. Yet the sophisticated detailing combining a minimalist palette of white, walnut and marble, results in a space that feels polished and considered. This very honest alteration is a celebration of the apartment’s past and a pretty clever one at that.

Lesson of the day: Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to let go of those OCD tendencies.

Text by Ella Leoncio for Yellowtrace.

 


[Images courtesy of photographer Juan Baraja.]

 

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Ella Leoncio
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Ella is a design obsessed architect from Melbourne and author of the blog 'pages from my moleskine'. She specializes in residential architecture and currently works in a senior design role with an equal focus on architecture and interiors. Things that really float Ella’s boat include; designs that frame an experience, innovative material explorations, textures and light, clarity and simplicity. She is addicted to learning through making and doing. Her free time is spent sewing, knitting, knotting, folding, moulding, shaping, dyeing... Contemporary dance is another great life passion of hers. In fact, Ella is convinced that dance and architecture are two dialects of the same language.

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