Smart Design Makes a Teeny Spanish Apartment Feel Much Larger
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“Actually, I did not look for this house, but it was the house that looked for me,” begins architectIñigo Gómez of this teeny home-away-from home he designed in El Masnou on the coast of Spain.
“Since I was a child, when I played at my grandparents’ house, this space was the one I liked the most in that huge house,” he explains of the structure’s familial origins.
“The clear views of the sea and tiny dimensions adjusted to the minimum living space I needed allowed me to see a distant horizon and, at the same time, feel comforted. It’s the same now.”
“Without even knowing that 40 years later I would live here, I spent hours playing with my cousin pretending that my grandfather’s office was our house and dividing the rooms according to our whims and needs. In the end, it is as if my ‘dollhouse’ has indeed become my forever home,” he continues about his ties to the space.
Gómez explains that the space had been used as an office, so to change its use as a place to live, it had to be completely renovated.
“The renovation consisted mainly of emptying the main room, removing partitions, insulating walls and roof, and creating a large opening towards the terrace that would allow light to enter,” he describes.
“From there, everything had to be done new, always with the premise of adding as little as possible and always maintaining harmony with the pre-existing style and materials,” he writes.
The smartest update is how a large pine wood structure was designed to house the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom loft. All impressively built around a gorgeous giant mirrored existing closet/cabinet that he wanted to keep.
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