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Nostalgia Is Reborn In A Contemporary Spanish Home That Prioritizes Flexibility

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BETA.Ø architecture office has designed the ‘U.Ø’ house in Madrid; a domestic dwelling that has been reimagined as a flexible living space with metamorphic potential.

Situated in the Spanish capital, the residence sits by Paseo de la Castellana, one of the longest and widest avenues in Madrid. The 275-square-meter property has been renovated to optimize the flow of spaces and to allow for the uses of each room to change as required by the occupants. “Open, flexible spaces were generated to allow natural light to enter the home”, the architects explain, “enabling easy reconfiguration of spaces through the use of lightweight partitions that act as necessary filters”. These partitions drew from the clients’ nostalgia for Mediterranean design; their form is a nod to traditional room dividers used commonly in vernacular architecture of the region. Though the rooms can be closed off with the partitions, the use of oak throughout the home gives the residential space a feeling a unity. “All the areas that make up the home’s daytime layout, such as the lounge area, the dining room itself or even the kitchen area, can be converted into meeting areas, office or study,” the architects explain, which allows them to be “independent of the rest of the layout”.

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All images © David Zarzoso