Spanish practice Barea Pizarro has recently renovated a charming apartment on the Manzanares River in Madrid, where history and modernity intertwine to create a cozy retreat for a young family. This hidden gem, which has been in the family since the 1920s, has recently undergone a stunning renovation to accommodate the needs of a couple and their beloved dog.
The challenge was to transform this small space into a functional home, without compromising on style or comfort. The solution? A clever partitioning of the rooms, reminiscent of a larger apartment. Every inch was carefully considered, with a focus on maximizing space and creating a harmonious balance between the old and the new.
Unlike many minimalist designs that prioritize mobility, this flat embraces the tranquility of a static dwelling. Instead of relying on movable furniture, all functional and storage spaces are strategically placed along the perimeters. The result is a seamless integration of closets, countertops, and shelves, creating a user-friendly suite that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
But that’s not all. The designers took inspiration from the majestic poplar tree that stands proudly outside the windows. They wanted to bring the beauty of nature indoors, so they restored the original arrangement of openings, allowing natural light to flood the space. To further enhance the brightness, a carefully curated palette of materials was chosen. Ceramic floors, white-lacquered wood, and tiles for humid areas create a neutral backdrop, allowing the personalities and belongings of the family to shine through.
This flat is more than just a living space; it’s an indoor landscape that tells a story. It’s a testament to the enduring bond between a family and their home, a place where memories are made and cherished. So come and experience the magic of this renovated flat by the Manzanares River, where history meets modernity in perfect harmony.