Corridors are usually the undervalued spaces in all houses. We don’t like them long, we don’t like them dark, and above all, we don’t like them because they take useful space from other rooms. But a corridor is sometimes an opportunity of light, dynamism and attraction. The architectural studio RUE knows it, and it has achieve it in the corridor of Casa 77, an apartment in the Old Part of Pamplona, which has been refurbished looking for those opportunities.
The most attractive space in Casa 77 is a corridor full of light and dynamism, which organizes all rooms in the apartment
Casa 77 was a 64sqm appartment with gambrel roof and lacking natural light due to its excessive compartmentalization and its orientation towards a narrow patio. To solve this problem, the architects designed a service corridor (bathroom, storage and washing machine) as the connection between day areas (sitting room, kitchen and dining) and night areas (bedroom), placed in the end of the house, towards the street and the patio respectively.
This way, natural light is maximized, as there are skylights in all rooms of Casa 77, giving verticality to all the spaces. In addition, the treatment of materials and textures contributes to dynamism and differentiation of the spaces in the apartment, alternating wood in floors, walls and ceilings of main rooms with white tiles in all service areas. In conclusion, a maximum use of a minimum apartment.
Photography by Olaia Olveira and RUE