Chamberí Pied-à-terre by Mariana de Delás

The return of the grandeur

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Chamberi pied a Terre公寓位于一座建于19世纪80年代的宏伟建筑的顶层,面积约为100平方米。多年以来,由于多次不专业的改造和人们的忽视,公寓内原先的装饰和宏伟感都已经不复存在了。针对这一点,本项目致力于恢复该空间的原有感受。两个世纪前,建筑刚建好的时候还没有电梯这种设施,因此每间公寓的装饰和细节设计都会随着楼层的增加而逐渐简化。一楼原属于这座建筑的业主,因此装修风格较为豪华。而随着时间的推移,人们在这些老建筑中加入了电梯;相应地,上层的阁楼空间也变得越来越重要。

Chamberi pied a Terre focuses on bringing back the original ornament and grandeur to an apartment that had been neglected and patched with random interventions throughout the years. The roughly 100 sqm apartment is sited at the top of an 1880s stately building. At the time, since elevators were inexistent, the amount of ornament and detail of each apartment was reversely linked to its floor height. First floors belonged to the families which promoted the construction of the building, consequently being the more luxurious apartments. Progressively as as one would go up to higher floors these would loose ornament and detail. As times evolved, and lifts were installed in these classical buildings, attics started becoming more and more demanded.

▼室内空间局部,partial interior view ©Imagen Subliminal



the corridor of the red social area ©Imagen Subliminal

using the original doors to create sliding walls ©Imagen Subliminal

▼红色社交空间,the red social area ©Imagen Subliminal

the red social area opens to the terrace ©Imagen Subliminal

▼社交空间细节,details of the social area ©Imagen Subliminal

The client is a vital 70 years businessman from Barcelona that has just been appointed to preside as a chairman for a company in Madrid. He will use the apartment sporadically and fantasized with the idea of doing a fun yet elegant pied-à-terre for himself. The main objective was to fix and enhance all original elements (wood flooring, moulds, rosettes, brass fixtures, heaters…), to open all the spaces to the before blocked up terrace and to implement new ornaments that the structure and ambience could hold, but were before only reserved for the more grand lower apartments.

Conjointly with the client we proposed an apartment full of color, contrasts, vitality and space. Areas were kept flexible by breaking the long hallway and using the original doors to create sliding walls and a different color scheme was implemented to mark the different areas of the house. Vigorous red for the more social areas, calm green for semi-public and more informal areas. New windows and access doors to the terrace were promoted to make it visible throughout the apartment and bring in light. As a last touch, we relied on a plaster artisan to reproduce and create new pilasters, cornices and rosettes to emphasize the character the apartment should had have in the past. These are reflected by mirrors and kept in white to stand out in front of the color painted walls to rejoice and embrace that sometimes ornament is ok and thus should not be “criminalized”.

from the red social areas to the green semi-public and more informal areas ©Imagen Subliminal

the semi-public and more informal areas in the color of calm green ©Imagen Subliminal

the semi-public living room, fixing and enhancing original wood flooring ©Imagen Subliminal

new pilasters, cornices and rosettes are kept in white to stand out in front of the color painted walls ©Imagen Subliminal

the interior elements are reflected by mirrors ©Imagen Subliminal

the large window connects red and green areas visually ©Imagen Subliminal

details of the semi-public and more informal areas ©Imagen Subliminal

▼暖气片细节,heater details ©Imagen Subliminal

▼改造后平面图,the refurnished layout ©Mariana de Delás

Project Name: Chamberí Pied-à-terre
Architecture studio: Mariana de Delás
Location: Madrid – Spain
Year: 2019
Lead Architect: Mariana de Delás
Team: Virginia Vicente, Blanca Gomez Rodriguez -Arias
Surface: (m2) – 98 + 30 terrace m2
Photography: Imagen Subliminal

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