Fun-loving Spanish architects Elii, the same firm responsible for the JF-Kit House, recently completed a loft apartment refurbishment in Madrid. Coined Didomestic, the ambitious project sees the company's creative flair focused toward maximizing flexibility and storage space, with thought-provoking results.
In all, the 57 sq m (613 sq ft) apartment contains a staircase, kitchen, bathroom, living room, and utility areas. The layout is largely flexible though, as the dividing walls of the main living space are fixed onto guide rails and easily moved. If the owner wishes to host a party or invite an extra guest to stay, the walls can simply be slid into the desired position, creating a dance floor or extra room, respectively.
Sick of Ads?
More than 700 New Atlas Plus subscribers read our newsletter and website without ads.
Join them for just US$19 a year.More Information
Such flexibility would be rather hampered if one was required to empty a room full of furniture during each re-arrange, so Elli integrated several "secret" trap doors into the ceiling of the main living space, which are accessed with wall-mounted handles and pulleys.
Once the controls are operated, furniture such as a picnic bench, swing, hammock, additional shelving, and even a disco ball can be lowered into the room (slowly, one hopes). The floor of the mezzanine area also contains trap doors which create a rudimentary dressing room and offer additional storage space.
To get a better sense of the concept behind Didomestic, check out the video below.