Elii Architecture’s latest project Didomestic has been developed around the idea that “every house is a theatre.” Viewing the domestic living space as being akin to the theatre stage, where sets are shifted and diverse activities and characters are played out, an attic apartment in Madrid is transformed into a contemporary home. Beautiful beams, forming the support structure for the roof, are thankfully left untouched in all their weighty wooden glory. The rest of the space is completely renovated with an eclectic mix of chipboard, corrugated plastic, turquoise paint and sickly-lilac textured wallpaper. Accompanied by institutional-grey floors, the interior is almost reminiscent of a corporate office, but the wood provides a welcome warmth and everything somehow ends up working together!
The main space is divided up by sliding doors that allow it to be quickly closed off, or opened up to accommodate large groups. But what is most exciting about Didomestic is the myriad of hidden trapdoors that open via a tap, a tug or the turning of a crank to reveal hidden storage, bookshelves, a set of fans and even a disco ball. A pulley system lowers a make-shift table and seats suspended via climbing rope. Ingenious! My personal favourite contraptions are the hammock and the swing. They are definitely necessary additions to the mental picture of my dream home.
If this place doesn’t quite make you feel like you are living on stage, it certainly resembles a more mature and sophisticated version of a tree-house or playground. Do watch the walk-through video of the apartment, where the heroine takes us through her day from beginning to end. It’s great to see the space come alive and it’s quite a quirky and fun watch. Elii Architecture’s past projects have a similar sense of buoyancy, they are worth a look here.
Images © Miguel de Guzmán