House H71, Spain | Lucas y Hernández-Gil

Spanish architecture firm Lucas y Hernández-Gil designed House H71, a renovation project in the center of Madrid, Spain. 

The original apartment dating from the 1950’s was transformed into an open and flexible minimalist space that becomes the ideal, light filled environment for the owners’ art collection and the architects’ chosen furniture selection.

Photography © José Hevia

Description from Lucas y Hernández-Gil:

H71 is a house of about 200 square meters set on a borderline between the museum area of Madrid in Paseo del Prado and the Barrio de las Letras, model of the ancient city. The building is from the 50’s, made by Gutierrez Soto, the architect born in Madrid, and being one of the first examples of concrete structure in a residential building in Madrid.

The owners were looking for a house in the city center, sunny and from where you could see the roofs of Madrid. They found a house with this characteristic, but it was fully compartmentalized, so it was necessary an entire refurbishment.  

The firm strategy departed from a neccessity, a big, open and clear space for the owner’s art collection. We left the concrete structure seen, that allowed us this flexibility that we were looking for the new proposal. The aim of the project was to look for a space with a concept halfway between a house and an art gallery, without loosing the scale and comfort of a domestic space.
Referring to materials  we selected oak wood for the floor and Macael marble in the bathrooms, both materials were present in the building previously. Related to the colors, we used a neutral palette to give value to the paintings and the photographs of the owner’s collection.
In relation to the furniture we selected some exclusive pieces:
-          LC7 swivel chairs by Cassina. Designed by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perrian and Pierre Jeanneret. Leather and wood structure.
-          Paulistano armchair by mendes da Rocha. Leather and chrome structure.
-          Elica marble table by Zanotta.
-          Kuskoa stools by Kuskoa. Kvadrat fabric and wood structure.
-          Tamarind wood bench (unique piece).
-          AIM lamps by Flos.
-          Red table by Marita Segovia.
-          Bookcase, beds and  headbords designed by our firm.
-          Washbasins and wardrobes below them designed by our firm.
The firm also selected three Works of art to accompany the owners collection:
-          Diptych by J Iribarren.
-          Triptych by Carla Chaim.
-          Piece by Rosa Canina.

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