Pattern House
by m2ft architects

In Pattern House, designed and conducted by m²ft architects in Madrid, colors and patterns are used to suggest and amplify the atmosphere of each space, creating sensations that are always different but also connected to each other.

For the authors, it is the sensations that define the functions. The house is designed as a diffused space, without divisions, where the only fixed points are the patterns. The central bearing wall is also transformed into a three-dimensional pattern for the entire length of the house.

Touch, sight and smell are the main tools for the construction of the interior space that adapts to different needs.

These take different shapes, from floors to walls, from ceilings to decorations, always visible from any angle.

The perception of spaces expands following the very qualities of the textures: the entrance “rotates” and directs towards the rest of the house, the kitchen “stretches” towards the dining room, the bathroom “rises” and its feeling of well-being increases, the bedroom “expands” and changes at will, the small room “gather” and promotes concentration.

These perceptions then change according to the point of view; a free and fluid domestic space where numerous living sets are built around the basic actions of cooking, sleeping, resting, relating, cleaning and body care.

The Pattern House also relates to new forms of communication and work, such as smart-working, which is materialised into a home-office.

In the contemporary era the smart-work is increasingly entering the daily life of many people, showing the need for an adequate space that allows concentration without having to interfere with other domestic dynamics.

The small room is therefore converted into a welcoming and enclosed and soundproofed space, thanks to the sound-absorbing yellow ceiling, a color that also favors concentration.

The bedroom becomes part of the domestic dynamic by turning into a multifunctional place. The kitchen is a place that is both for transit and for permanence, which allows two or three people to work simultaneously. The entrance is transformed into a “clean” space, a transition between the outside and the inside.

Each intervention in the Pattern House was made to optimise the spatial characteristics, but also its energy performance and consumption respecting the environmental and economic sustainability.

In addition to the improvement and modification of the internal distribution, the existing parquet was recovered and new ceramic floors were added, high efficiency windows were inserted, cross ventilation was enhanced, the heating system was implemented and the electrical system was renewed.

For the authors, the Pattern House takes up both the formal research, color and textures of the Italian architecture of the 50s and 60s and the flexibility, dynamism and expanded domesticity of contemporary Spanish architecture.

Authors m²ft architects (Flavio Martella, Maria Vittoria Tesei)
Location Madrid, Spain
Year 2020
Surface 70 sqm
Client Private

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