A former office in Madrid becomes a modern apartment with the blues

Work with the existing configuration, BURR Studio transformed this former office in northern Madrid into a modern apartment. Ceilings, floors and walls are stripped down to start from scratch; added back are a mix of moving and non-moving, built-in components that complete the flat NN06. The built-in elements, in blue lacquered metal, structurally hang from walls and ceilings without ever touching the floor. The flexible elements are the wooden furniture used throughout the space that will move with the family when they leave.

The main blue element is a T-shaped bookcase built in the middle of the apartment. Shelves live on opposite walls with a blue bridge connecting the two on the ceiling. Each shelf stops just before the floor, giving the impression that it is floating.

The bedrooms and living room are raised slightly with plywood platforms to give the impression of tatami, the woven flooring used to outfit Japanese-style bedrooms. Like furniture, raised floors can easily lift when you leave the house.

Additional blue metal components appear throughout the rest of the interior, creating a cohesive design that contrasts with the wooden details.

The wooden details not only contrast the blue and white elements, but they add warmth to a space that could easily feel austere.

BURR Studio included a semi-circular headboard in a bright yellow for an unexpected detail.

Photos by Maru Serrano.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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