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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Palma apartment Refurbishment in Spain by Vila Segui arquitectos

 
April 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Vila Segui arquitectos

The refurbishment of the apartment was driven by the need for a gut renovation due to the poor state of the existing condition, which had been abandoned for several years. The renovation had explicit economic restrictions.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

  • Architects: Vila Segui arquitectos (Joan Miquel Seguí / Tono Vila)
  • Project: Palma apartment Refurbishment
  • Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Photography: Laura Molina
  • Area: 83 m2
  • Year: 2012

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

The building in which the apartment is located was originally built in the 60’s and is located in an historic zone of Palma city. The main structure is reinforced concrete, inclusive of large supporting beams, which play an implicit visual role that the project exploits as an organization system for the minimally reconfigured space. The original concrete of the columns and beams is exposed in all the rooms, exposing old written notes inscribed by the builders during the original construction.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

The layout is divided in two areas that are treated in different ways. The living area is totally open after demolishing all of the interior partitions. This space is reorganized with the insertion of a ‘wood box’ with proportions based on the golden mean. Formally, this device acts to organize the space from smaller to bigger, starting in the hall and finishing in the living room, suggesting a promenade around it.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Functionally, it is a compact and efficient storage room, inclusive of everything from pantry to janitor’s closet.  Finally, the wood box is designed to be easily deconstructed, allowing for the inevitability of future reorganization in response to new needs as they arise.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

The master suite has been left relatively intact insofar as the special layout in order to control costs. Restrained modifications are a reconfiguration of the toilet room to fit a new shower and adjusting the bathroom layout to accommodate a built-in closet.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

While the majority of the furniture from the prior layout has been reinstalled, the new open layout allows a customization of every space with personal objects and artifacts, maintaining a thread from the past while unveiling the opportunity innate in the global spatial structure.

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Laura Molina

Image Courtesy © Vila Segui arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Vila Segui arquitectos

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