Located in Madrid’s Salamanca district, AIRY Reform is an adaptive reuse project by Fast and Furious Production Office that transforms a former commercial space into a residence, featuring custom furnishing and a new staircase as the centerpiece of the design.
The project is a refurbishment of an old bakery in the Salamanca district of Madrid adapting it for residential use.
The project respects existing elements such as the anodized aluminum facade and tiles that served the original counter of the bakery.
Under the premise of doing work only with lines of force and essential planes, all unnecessary or unwanted elements were eliminated.
To achieve this, a radical technical condition was defined.
Everything new that was built (regardless of standards for executing divisions and modular furniture) had to be done only with 12 and 20-mm steel bars and basic solid pine planks that can be purchased online.
With these elements, and through adjustments on the existing steel, 2000 kg of excess structure were eliminated.
Only the essentials are supported through a suspension system executed with those steel bars working under traction.
A new staircase was also designed and built without using screws.
The construction condition also served as a base for the design of custom furniture elements such as a mobile table and kitchen shelves.
Large window openings more akin to commercial spaces fill the residence with light, further enhanced by the neutral material and color palette.
The result is a whimsical home that balances the functional with the playful.
Project: AIRY Reform
Architects: Fast and Furious Production Office
Images Courtesy of the Architects