Apartment FROD / mome.estudio
Text description provided by the architects. FROD gives its name to the renovation of an apartment in the center of Madrid. The project faced two major challenges: redirecting the light so that it pervades the entire apartment and restoring it to its original character.
To do this, the pre-existing materials – hidden behind successive layers of interventions – were recovered, trying to ensure that the house fully reflects the personality of its inhabitants. Existing elements such as brick pilasters, metal beams and pillars have been restored to coexist with new materials selected due to the beauty of their imperfection, such as waxed concrete floors and plaster walls. The new ensemble creates a space with its own character, where craftsmanship and materials whose charm and presence intensify over time are highlighted.
As the house was located on the first floor with a small interior courtyard, natural light was blocked by a fragmented and not very fluid arrangement. To overcome this problem, in addition to modifying the original design, the project incorporates a strategically placed mirrored wall so that it can bounce and redistribute natural light from the east and west. The user’s needs meant that artificial lighting also played an important role in the development of the project. Different types of LEDs create different light atmospheres, transforming spaces according to their use.