OOAA Arquitectura have brought their signature pared-down aesthetic to a family’s flat in Barrio de Salamanca, Madrid. With a brief to make the most of every square metre in this two-bedroom home, the design team have created dual-purpose spaces defined by a rich and tactile natural material palette and governed by a less-is-better approach.
The dining space features a custom table by OOAA finished in concrete.
OOAA Arquitectura director Iker Ochotorena says they designed the apartment around an open-plan layout, segmenting the more private space through their use of materials. The bathrooms, study, dressing room and pantry are all encased within two boxes, finished in wallpaper and wooden interior panelling. Hand-finished bone colour walls define the open spaces.
As demonstrated in this Madrid apartment, Iker believes in paring back key spaces of the home that are spoilt for space and light. “I always think that the bigger spaces such as living room and master bedroom don’t need luxury or important finishes, as they are usually placed in the best part of the house, with the best natural light and views,” Iker says. “However, the smaller spaces, with less natural light and even the residual spaces, must be focused on with special care for interior linings or panelling.”