Double leaf doors and a central service core are used by ARQUITECTURA-G to maintain and improve the flexibility and relationship of the interior spaces of this apartment.
“Originally the apartment had an open plan layout, with areas separated from each other by double leaf doors. The service corridor split the circulation into interconnecting areas: the kitchen, the utility room, the larder and the guest bathroom. A generous passage linked them programmatically, multiplying the dimension of a single room providing permeability. On the other hand, diverse levels of division and intimacy were possible when closing the doors.
This flexibility was maintained and improved by the architects. A central services core replaced the original useless hall accommodating the kitchen and two new bathrooms.
The architects removed the corridor by rotating an existing partition and covering it with a floor to ceiling mirror. It provided the coming up of programmatically ambiguous areas, ready to be defined by the inhabitant, and it improved the visual permeability allowing diagonals that break the orthogonality of the plan. At the same time, the rotation of this mirror plane blurs the bathroom’s inner division while reflecting its images to the adjoining rooms.
Doors, apart from equally dividing the areas, have become the tool that express the apartment’s versatility. There are no single leaf doors. The existing double leaf ones are maintained, combined or relocated while some new typologies are formed; sliding single leaf doors, sliding/casement doors, etc. The design plays with the size of the partition and the door in order to mistake one element for the other, and to emphasize that each room has a close relation to its adjoining ones.”