‘French household searching for an condominium to settle in Madrid for an indefinite time period’. With this headline, Marion and Paul Franck, a pair with three younger youngsters – Leo, Romeo and Zöe – who till then had lived, attributable to his work within the aeronautical business, 5 years in Toulouse, one other two in Reunion Island, one in Washington and the final 4 in London, offered themselves within the studio on the finish of 2022. The distinction with earlier locations is that Madrid now seems to be the place they’ve chosen to settle completely. They usually achieve this by buying a 151 m2 dwelling positioned on the highest flooring of a residential constructing constructed firstly of the twentieth century within the Justicia neighborhood, close to Gran Vía and Chueca, within the middle of Madrid. With a marked longitudinal character and a flooring plan organized round three courtyards, paradoxically, regardless of being a penthouse, the dwelling doesn’t set up notable hyperlinks with the encircling city profile. Moderately, as if it had been the shell of an armadillo, it’s closed and protected against the surface. For this objective, it has an intensive roof: a 200 m2 floor of undulating and opaque tiles, made up of seven roofs of various slopes and lengths and consisting of a framework of wood beams, a lot of them darkened, in poor situation and hidden behind a false ceiling.
Removed from being a downside, this situation is enhanced and turns into a possibility, beginning to design, so to talk, the home via the roof. The alterations to the home are projected from the spatial and structural understanding of this specific cowl with a view to return to every of the areas of the home, with out exception, the prominence that they had misplaced. And that is executed, first, by restoring it with steel reinforcements, after which training a collection of strategically positioned perforations to introduce pure gentle and air flow with a view to expertise extra deeply the reflections of the air, that’s, in the end, the passage of time. The restructuring undertaken below the roof replaces a darkish house compartmentalized in small rooms and corridors with a extra luminous and fluid one; an exterior that defines an inside; a brand new panorama and home quantity that’s revealed via variable heights and altering gentle, and that overturns and relates each one of many rooms with the distinctive Velázquez sky of Madrid. The inside of the home, which runs evenly below that nice roof of sloping planes, wood beams and skylights, is projected and outlined as a steady house with loosely outlined, indeterminate limits between private and non-private. Solely the modifications in flooring, from wooden to ceramic, mark each this system and the usage of house in every room. The domesticity is articulated and designed contemplating the coexistence and totally different simultaneities within the each day, as a set of enormous rooms the place the day by day actions of every of the members of the family, each particular person and collective, happen.
The terrace, 15 m2 and positioned on the finish of the 21 linear meters of the home, is, along with the skylights, probably the most direct supply that floods all the inside with gentle, and that, along with being a gathering house, additionally incorporates a jacuzzi for winter, and summer time days. The size of the furnishings that occupies the home is an echo of the totally different lives within the totally different locations the place Marion and Paul Franck have lived; a system of objects acquired right here and there through which some as outdated as some chairs of the nineteenth century are intermingled with traditional designs of the 20 th century or with others from IKEA. CIEL is a renovation that responds to a singular and customary city state of affairs, the place the home doesn’t work together in a decisive approach with the town, however with its skies; a home that may be a massive technologically designed roof; a shadow in any case, able to internet hosting, below a climate-controlled setting, a home program organized in a versatile approach the place a household can reside a stretch, just a few years or a lifetime, having fun with the passage of time and its fluctuations below the hypnotic cobalt blue ranges of the distinctive skies of Madrid.