Small Madrid Apartment by Hector Ruiz Velazquez

Small Madrid Apartment by Hector Ruiz Velazquez

Aaron Able
Nov 9, 2010

This tiny penthouse apartment in Madrid packs a punch — at just 60 square meters (about 650 square feet) the small space was designed to be super efficient and unique. It's especially interesting to see how architect Hector Ruiz Velazquez made use of forced perspective and curves to make the space appear larger…

The far-from-standard shapes and curves mimic the homeowner's flow and use of space and the additional 50 square meters of adjacent terrace space was integrated into the home to further maximize the sightlines and openness.

From architect Hector Ruiz Velazquez:

The white colour and the lighting are further tools of design. The white colour and its multiple nuances of shadows created by light give a feeling of profundity and wideness. We use certain black points and surfaces in order to give scale and depth and thus create a complementary and melodic contrast.

For more images and the translation of the architect's statement, see Contemporist | The Ruiz-Maasburg Penthouse by Hector Ruiz Velazquez.

Images: Pedro Martinez

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