Bathyard home is an energetically rehabilitated, 130m2 residential apartment in a building dating from 1900 for a woman, her family and her plants. After several years of living in the suburbs with her sons, who have now grown up and are about to leave home, she decided to return to a central location in Madrid. She dreamed of having a spacious bathroom, the possibility of bringing with her some of the plants she had had in her former house, and a living room where she could share, among other things, long cinema and TV sessions together with her sons.
Before rehabilitation, the apartment was energy-inefficient and dark, almost completely facing north and west, with the exception of one window that gave onto an interior patio. The latter was the only one facing south, the most favorable orientation climatically, but it was wasted on a corridor and storage area.
The new bathyard distribution and the insulation of the facade walls, floor slabs and ceilings help to maintain the apartment at 18°C to 20°C in most winter days without switching on the newly installed underfloor heating system.
The wooden-framed, movable partitions have different degrees of transparency: some have semi-reflective screens, which are strategically positioned with surprising effects, for instance reflecting the sunlight towards the master bedroom in the morning.
You can also see the reflected images of the bathtub among the plants at different angles from the living space through an oculus.
The construction of this oculus, making use of a preexisting hole in the load-bearing wall that once formed part of cabinet, connects the bathyard with the living and dining spaces visually and climatically.
Husos Website: www.husos.info
Design by Husos Architects: Diego Barajas and Camilo García
Collaborators: Martín Orbea (intern) and Rebeka Nemeth
Installations design and quantity surveying: Atipical (Daniel Jabonero, Ángela Ruiz)
Construction: Atipical (Daniel Jabonero) and Husos (Camilo García)
Structural consultants: Mecanismo S.L. and Eugenio Cuesta
Carpentry: Verticales Forme
Electrical installations: Divitec
Masonry work: Lubomir Bozhidarov, Rosen Goshev, Miguel Bas
Photography and video: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero)
Text revision: Medina Whiteman
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