Following the Madrid-based Didomestic and All I Own House comes yet another example of modular living in Spain's capital that features a utilitarian decor and unusual space-saving furniture. The Pop-Up House, by TallerDE2 Arquitectos, involved the renovation of a mid-20th Century apartment into a novel bachelor pad.
Work on the Pop-Up House began in March 2013, and was completed in May 2014. The basic concept behind the project is to better meet the needs of a thirty-something bachelor than a typical apartment could – and free-up some space in the process. This was tackled by removing practically all of the apartment's original interior, including much of the original fittings, fixtures, and even the interior dividing walls.
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In the shell that remained, TallerDE2 Arquitectos installed a total of 54 modular units inspired by a set of traveling trunks. Each unit serves a particular purpose, and instead of a standard bathroom, for example, the apartment features a small toilet and shower, while a separate freestanding unit contains a sink and mirror.
Various other units and pieces of fold-down furniture are dotted around the apartment which unfold to reveal cupboards, wardrobes, and hidden appliances, including a microwave and large television. While not for everyone, the lack of painted or papered finish on the modular units certainly creates a distinctive interior design.
TallerDE2 Arquitectos reports that its dramatic redesign resulted in the apartment gaining an additional 27 percent of usable floorspace, and it measures a total of 68.5 sq m (737 sq ft).
The video below shows the apartment's space-saving furniture and layout in further detail.
Source: TallerDE2 Arquitectos