The central area of Vigo is now home to a beautifully renovated apartment, thanks to the innovative design work of Spanish practice Erbalunga Estudio, who have created a layout based on a single piece of furniture.
The client’s requirements were not met by the original design due to excessive compartmentalization, resulting in small rooms with inadequate ventilation and lighting that did not align with the overall facade.
In order to address these issues, the house underwent a restructuring process to establish a sense of continuity between different areas. This transformation allows natural light from the main facade to illuminate the entrance, guiding the occupants through a logical flow of space.
A series of interconnected spaces were created, ranging from the most social zone to the most private one. To achieve this seamless organization, a versatile piece of furniture was introduced. This central furniture unit houses essential service areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, closets, and facilities. Additionally, it aids in organizing the flow of the house and controlling access and privacy in rooms such as the bedroom.
This central piece of furniture serves as the focal point of the house, providing a flexible space where life can unfold without limitations. The concept of a central furniture piece is discussed by Ignacio Paricio in his 1996 text “Building habits.”
The arrangement of this large furniture unit is curved, smooth, and sturdy. It is complemented by a Zimbabwe Black granite countertop with a flamed + brushed finish, adding a tactile quality to the space. This composition seamlessly integrates the kitchen, dining, and living areas, creating a harmonious environment.