Built-in additions that subdivide a tiny room, taking advantage of every square inch, can make all the difference in comfort and a feeling of spaciousness. A 269-square-foot apartment would normally seem far too small for a family of three, but Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos found a solution that gives the space focus and function.
Two built-in wooden boxes were installed within the apartment – one for the living space, and one for the sleeping space. The first box is situated beside a wide window that frames views of the mountains of Madrid, with a long built-in sofa offering a place to sit and relax.
The second box features a double bed on the bottom and a single bed on top. This volume can be closed off with curtains to give it a more private feel and keep it warmer at night. A table folds down into the space between the two boxes for working and dining.
A bathroom is tucked behind the sleeping volume, while white curtains help a small kitchen virtually disappear when not in use. The black linoleum floor and vivid red accents make the wooden additions stand out against the black surfaces of the room.
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“The project undertakes the reform of a 25m2 studio in the Navacerrada mountain pass, Madrid. The space of the house is completely cleared except for a small toilet nucleus, then inserting only two Oregon pine wood boxes that collect and define the uses of living and sleeping.”
“The living box modifies its geometry to frame the mountain landscape behind the large window; The sleeping area includes a double bed and a single superimposed one, and can be closed like a tent when the house has not yet been heated. The black linoleum floor highlights the presence of the boxes in the empty space, and a folding table against the sleeping box defines the dining room in the space between them. A long curtain hides a longitudinal band dedicated to kitchen and storage.”