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Reforma Interiores Apartamento 01 en Carabanchel por OOIIO


Living with Art

  • Awards and Honours: Gold Winner – Best Renovation and Interior Remodeling, Architecture & Design Community Awards, 2024.
  • Status: Built.
  • Project Year: 2022 – 2024.
  • Location: Carabanchel, Madrid, Spain.
  • Area: 498 m2
  • Design: OOIIO Architecture.
  • Interior Design: OOIIO Architecture.
  • Team: Joaquin Millán Villamuelas, Alba Peña Fernández, Federica Aridon Mamolar, Raf Dierick, Claudia Sánchez Villares.
  • Facilities: OOIIO Architecture.
  • Client: Private.
  • Builder: JMI Obras y Reformas s.l.

Functionality, Color and Comfort.

Carabanchel is a neighborhood in Madrid that is undergoing a very interesting transformation. In the past it was a working-class, semi-industrial hood and it did not exactly enjoy a good reputation as an attractive place to move in to live there. It was separated from the city center by the M-30 highway, which was like a great border separating the central core of the city, more wealthy and prosperous, from the peripheral neighborhoods to the south.

Today, after the important urban operation of underground this highway through the successful intervention named Madrid Río, where there used to be a deep barrier full of cars, nowadays there are trees and pedestrians circulating from one side of the city to the other. The old border is today a stitched wound full of life, where nature coexists perfectly with the urban environment of the big city. Carabanchel and the rest of the formerly isolated neighborhoods have suddenly been integrated into Madrid City Center.

Many artists, entrepreneurs, creatives, gallery owners… have seen an opportunity in those interesting hybrid buildings that abound in Carabanchel where small and medium-sized industries coexisted for decades with homes, shops and offices, all in a single building. Large and functional spaces that have become obsolete with the progressive transfer of industry out of Madrid´s center, and that today represent an extraordinary opportunity to be recycled as homes, workshops, creation spaces and new contemporary businesses.

The “ÑIT” Apartments for Artists are designed to host creatives who decide to move to this thriving and transforming neighborhood. They are houses to live with art, to develop your own creative world by living a season in Carabanchel, working here, observing everything that happens around you and interacting with other artists, sharing experiences and points of view.

Apartments designed to be both functional and suggestive, where you can stay comfortably in the heart of the neighborhood after a long day creating into spaces suitable for this purpose next to the homes. Work and live in the same spaces, while socializing, relaxing, exchanging opinions with other creative colleagues, and learning from the work of others.

It is actually a recycling project, a new life for an obsolete building where the architects of OOIIO Architecture Team have reorganized and updated some old homes without any type of energy efficiency, very unwelcoming, poorly lit and bad distributed to obtain contemporary apartments, cheerful and colorful directly connected to work spaces and offices.

Living and working in the same place is once again possible in a large city. It is not necessary to travel daily to the workplace, emitting CO2, spending valuable time in your daily life. These interventions create neighborhood and roots, people live and move through these same streets. The inhabitants of these apartments are not only here to sleep, they are now part of the new and vibrant Carabanchel.