Parais@ is an apartment designed to lose oneself in it. With a surface of just 50sqm, Manuel Ocaña achieve to create a bright and spacious ambiance, with blurred limits, that manages to disorient us despite its small size.
Located were the sun sets in Madrid, Parais@ was born as a refurbishment project of an ancient apartment for the architect’s sister, a young woman who exactly what she wants: natural wood, geometrical flooring, a tattoo as Beyonce’s and a gentrifying ambiance with all its clichés.
Parais@ is a singular apartment where the pre-existent industrial character dialogues with a subtle feminity
This way, maintaining the original concrete structure, three bays of 17sqm are differentiated –spatially compartimented by pieces of furniture and glass walls- with wooden floors and ceramic tiles flooring presenting geometrical patterns in pastel colours. A low-cost project where industrial architecture dialogues with a feminine character.
The main design strategy was not to have any opaque partition from floor to ceiling –neither walls nor doors- playing with transparent walling in order to spread sunlight all over the place. A mirrored volume hides the bathroom inside and duplicates the space vision, creating, along with the glazed screens, a disorientation effect as well as spatial interconnections through the apartment.
Every detail counts in Parais@, from IKEA furnishing packaged into formwork board boxes to the mirrored baseboards that visually extend the geometrical flooring. The transparent walls are made of 3mm thick glasses –in order to increase transparency and avoid reflexion- joined with old black putty glazier and supported by a steel profiles structure.
Photos by Imagen Subliminal