Spanish structure studio Sierra + De La Higuera used conventional Moroccan zellige tiles to outline the totally different areas on this open-plan house in Madrid.
Housed in a 1940s constructing within the metropolis’s bohemian Conde Duque district, the house belongs to a well-traveled couple who wished to imprint their Mexican and Galician heritage on the inside.
“Our shoppers wished to convey a few of their origins to Madrid,” Sierra + De La Higuera instructed Dezeen. “This venture is the results of an try to seek out coloration in Madrid, a attribute marked by the travels and origins of the homeowners.”
The studio was commissioned to hold out an entire renovation of the house, which included an entire change of its format.
The unique plan consisted of a sequence of rooms set alongside a protracted windowless hallway. Sierra + De La Higuera eliminated as many partitions as doable to create an open plan kitchen, eating and dwelling area.
“Traditionally, in Madrid, homes had numerous rooms and compartments,” the studio instructed Dezeen.
“However today, we wish to reside in a extra open base. The principle objective of the brand new format was to open up areas, eradicate corridors and hallways, and get as a lot pure mild as doable.”
Two bedrooms – one with a walk-in closet and each with en-suite loos – are situated on the north finish of the house, whereas a vivid front room, wrapped by south-facing terraces, is on the reverse finish.
All through the house, pure timber, terracotta tiles and white partitions have been used as foils for the zellige cladding, which stands out for its hand-cast imperfect surfaces.
The wooden paneled entrance corridor with arched doorways was designed as a buffer between two totally different areas. To at least one facet is the Mexican-influenced kitchen and eating space, completed in emerald inexperienced tiles.
And on the opposite facet are the lounge and terraces with their daring yellow coloration scheme, which was knowledgeable by the couple’s travels to Singapore.
“We centered on vivid colours: vivid yellows, greens, blues and reds, mixed with supplies similar to tiles, ceramics and wonderful wooden,” defined Sierra + De La Higuera.
In the lounge and the 2 loos – completed in purple and blue respectively – the tiles have been used to create ornamental striped plinths that body the totally different areas.
In some areas, the colours of the tiles are utilized to different furnishings components to create a way of cohesion, with the inexperienced upholstery in the lounge echoing the inexperienced glazed tiles within the kitchen.
A big shelf that runs across the kitchen, eating and front room was customized for the area by Sierra + De La Higuera.
“This merchandise is essential to prospects as a result of it holds all of the objects they’ve collected on every journey along with all their books,” the studio defined.
Within the bed room, the architects designed customized wardrobes and specified a cloud-grey carpet to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that’s meant to evoke Galicia.
Different tasks that use tiles to delineate rooms embody a Barcelona hostel by Nook Architects, which options vibrant blue tiles and cobalt blue paint.
The picture is by German Sáiz.