Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Miguel de Guzman; courtesy the architects
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Imagine living in the heart of the city with all amenities at arm’s length; and the added bonus of the luxuries of country living! Ar. Idoia Otegui of i! arquitectura makes this a realty in Madrid…
It is often said that we cannot have it all and that we always desire what we don’t have. But sometimes, it happens… sometimes dreams come true.
This chalet in Madrid is situated on the twelfth floor in a 1960’s tower. Typical of a chalet, the apartment has two levels and is accessed via a beautifully landscapes garden on all sides that steps up to a wooden deck with a kidney-shaped roof-top swimming pool reminiscent of kind in decadent American road motels.
The house has a built-up area of 80 sq. m. across both floors. Open to the elements on all sides, the ground floor houses a living room with a marble chimney and a wooden boiserie and directly exits to the garden. An open kitchen is flanked by an exterior dining space. A spacious bedroom with ensuite dressing room; a bathroom and a terrace both with views of the Madrid Mountains complete the ensemble.
The little country-style home is highlighted by its simplicity and pragmatism; its appeal lay in its doll-house like interiors and almost dream-like vistas, high above amidst the sky.
Spiral stairs lead to the floor above, landing into the heart of the house - a subtle cosy space - a padded octagon with 360º windows to sit down, meditate, read, hold meetings, for nothing, to contemplate Madrid as if we were a fish eye!
The little home offers marvellous 360º views of the city despite its central location, complete with a pharmacy and bar, literally at its feet!