Madrid micro-apartment maximized with flexible hinging wall (Video)

Elii Architects
© Elii Architects

In a small urban apartment, a mobile wall can be a godsend in terms of increasing the options in maximizing what could have been a cramped, static space. With a moveable element, one can transform a living space into any number of useful configurations, as needed.

Spanish firm Elii Architects (previously) installed this lightweight, hinged screen wall to add more usability to a tiny 312-square-feet apartment in Madrid.

Elii Architects© Elii Architects
Elii Architects© Elii Architects
Elii Architects© Elii Architects

The apartment's existing partitions were taken down, and the interior completely redone to create a more open, flexible space. See how the central transformer wall element works in this video (note, the sound track gets gratuitously 'gangsta' at the end):

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Elii Architects© Elii Architects

To one side of the apartment is the kitchen and bathroom, with a fold-down multipurpose table, and to the other is the custom-made Murphy bed, which can be folded up and away to create more real estate. Sayeth the architects:

The screen works in unison with hinged and foldable devices and with the lighting to configure a flexible space that serves to alter the ‘domestic stages’ (as if it were a ‘domestic theater’) with simple operations, turning one house into a multiplicity of homes.

The hinged nature of the folding wall means that it can be flexed in a number of ways: either to section off the kitchen, or to enclose the bed to make a bedroom, or to split off the space perhaps in the event there's a guest staying over.

Elii Architects© Elii Architects
Elii Architects© Elii Architects

There are diagonal lines marked out on the floor and ceiling, as if to suggest where the wall could be at any time, while also giving the impression that the living space exists as a whole. Thanks to these ghosted lines, the geometric angularity of the concept creates new, suggested volumes of space.

Elii Architects© Elii Architects
Elii Architects© Elii Architects

With a full-height, hinging wall that's reminiscent of a skewed shoji screen, it's an intriguing and simplified version of the moving wall concept, cleverly differentiating new, smaller spaces in a very small footprint. More over at Elii Architects.

Tags: Apartments | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces | Spain

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