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Thursday
Aug052010

Can I live here PUHLEASE?!?!

I found this home on Contemporist and had to re-post it here because I am completely in awe of the architecture. It's mind-blowingly AWESOME. And inspiring because Jeff and I are in the process of researching architects for the work we want to do to my ok OUR home and I would love to something even one iota as creative as this. The space was created by Spanish architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez and is the attic space of an early 20th century building in Madrid. It's composed of several different levels and angles yet it's continuous which makes the space appear much larger than it is (it being all white helps too)....and frankly, WAY more interesting. It's just plain NEAT-O.

Reader Comments (27)

Very interesting! Must be adult only, because I can see my heart skipping a beat watching a toddler running around this place, up to the bed then getting too close to the edge (no railings). Would remind me of that scene in Labyrinth when Sarah is chasing Toby through the illusion staircases.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Very white and clean and fab. The sleeping area looks a bit scary though... but very very cool home :-)

Natascha xoxo

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatascha

NEAT-O indeed. Love the round mirror collection!

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Scares me to death! Getting up out of that settee and accidentally stepping backwards -- oops! And if you fall such hard surfaces. Too many levels. Not only have to be adults but limber and athletic ones, too. Fun to look at but wouldn't want to live there.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean M.

Fascinating space, but I too, have more than a few concerns about safety.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBev65

Interesting space, however I don't quite get the glamourous portrait of Mao in the living room. The man was responsible for the starvation and torture of millions of Chinese people - hardly the stuff for interior design. Perhaps they are aligning themselves with revolution, but by the design of their house I would suspest they are more capitalist than communist.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhejira40

Wait, I don't get it - there's ONE chair in the living room? Oh, ok, one chair and a hard bench. Who decides who gets to sit in the comfy chair??

Yes, it's gorgeous, but that one chair really threw me.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyn

Interesting. Some nice angles, styling and artworks but I'm with everyone else - totally impractical as a living space and isn't that what great architecture should be?

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

What I actually mean is great architecture is combination of form and function!

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

I think you must be in a honeymoon haze! DtI has showcased many fab houses, this is not one of them.

Beautiful! I love that wall of mirrors! So cool!

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

For the record, I have not had a honeymoon (yet).

5 Aug 2010 | Registered Commenterkim

thank you hejira40! i thought i was crazy. so many concerns about the safety factor in this space and yet no one else mentioned the offensive inclusion of the portrait of a murderous, communist leader (yes, i realize he's dead)... but really?? if it's supposed to be ironic then i guess i just don't get it. other than that flaw, i really liked the space.

5 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaul

I love the look, absolutely love it. I can see myself with broken bones, but I'd be fabulously dressed in black and the casts would be white, so it would work! Being a fan of diners, the kitchen is all I could dream of -- great lighting. The doorway for dwarves is just rice in the pudding. The long, thin trek to the facilities also rubs my funny bone -- and possibly barks my elbow, but I still think it works. My only 'hmm' would be the choice of deco -- all that creativity in the manipulation of living space, and you nail up a dozen mirrors and an Ikea cd thingie? I'd rather see a little block ledge with an iris in a bottle. Or a white giraffe.

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Wow. Cant believe there are so many posts about 'safety'. If your stupid enough to fall down that gap you probably deserve it. ;)
The horrible portrait of Mao and the Modernist furniture makes this house look a tad oppressive, would have liked to have seen a more outrageous interior for what is really an amazing shell. Another downer would have to be how close to the ceiling the bed is. Can you even stand up in this room? Other than that I think its a very creative design, and would make for a fabulous guest house.

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashash

Sorry, but I do not like this space. So cold, it looks lifeless.

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFernanda

what a weir place, seriously i don;t even know what i think about it. definitely interesting, i like it, but i guess i'd never want to leave in something like this.

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commentermon

*weird

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commentermon

I loove it, might need a more private bedroom though and totally loving the wall of round mirrors!

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisa

It might be a bit too spare for me, but love the mirror grouping in the hall. I always love taking simple objects and getting enough of them to make a 'collection'.

I think it's awful. Plus, I have weak ankles and fall over walking on flat ground. I would definitely break my neck. And I'm not even stupid!

6 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYuck!

Wow, I can't even tell if some surfaces are higher or lower than others! :S

8 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

um... sorry, but the portrait of a mass murderer is not exactly the most inspiring thing I can think of... but then maybe it's just me :/

8 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbb

I'll bet you anything the upper level creaks and moves...and in a few short years will be the first level. Can you imagine, "Honey, don't get freaky tonight...the property value, the property value?!"

9 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Daddy

come on, people.. just because you can't imagine or have the imagination to live there (without falling, breaking bones, and having other kind of accidents like mentioned in many posts) - is it really that difficult to be appreciative of the beautiful space and the creativity and imagination that went into creating it? This is not an easy space to execute .. I think, it is truly inspiring and very unique .. plays with more than one element in all the different heights/levels and it's use of light throughout all the openings.. my head spins, if I think about creating a model for this or drawing this :)... and - in general,we get very used to the spaces we live in, furniture placement, distances, heights etc. .. if we actually try, work on our awareness, when moving through the space.. it might take a bit more work there, but it is definetely possible ..

10 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenternic

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