TANK

(Intervention in a loft; Madrid, Spain; 2007-8)

A young couple who live in an open floor loft needs to install their audiovisual production studio in the space but would like to keep office and flat clearly divided.

Trying not to compromise the spatial generosity of the loft as it is, but defining functional transitions as well as giving a practical solution to their working space requirements, we propose a piece of furniture-architecture that integrates in one element several functions: storage of material, working platform, office shelves, dining room cabinet, bedroom cupboard, entrance to flat, staircase to mezzanine and toilet.

The piece of furniture-architecture, made out of subtly white-painted chipboard, gives a slight industrial touch to the space without becoming too dominant. The detailing emphasises that this added element does not belong to the original architecture of the building.

ph. Alfonso Herranz