Eulalia is a project in a series of renovations across Madrid by Burr Studio that responds to the city’s dwindling industrial landscape. Dubbed, ‘Elements for industrial recovery’, this ongoing project repurposes warehouses into residences to provide affordable housing, in turn protecting the city’s industrial heritage.
Burr Studio draws attention to how the demolition of former industrial sites across Madrid can lead to property values rising up to four times the original price, exacerbating an already volatile real estate market.
“Our proposal aims to become a strategic toolset to protect [industrial buildings] through land-use and occupation alternatives that allow to extend this typology’s life and avoid its demolition,” the team elaborates.
Formerly a container of space, Eulalia was shaped by a collection of objects that guided the renovation. “[Eulalia] was a warehouse of disparate objects. Remains of unclaimed family properties, discarded furniture, books in poor condition and many other objects,” the designers continue—“a space determined more by its content than by its function as a container.”
Large-format photographs, work tools, rescued and restored furniture—a kitchen from a recently closed restaurant, a bench from an abandoned church—and plants of different types and sizes are among the many objects that make up the collection, generating different compositions and causing the surrounding area to operate as a large backdrop.
In line with this idea, the interventions that do not directly affect the walls are treated as objects that add to this collection. Specifically, a staircase and a gate are developed to connect and isolate a small space of intimacy for the inhabitant. These elements contrast with the rest of the building due to their colour, materiality and shape.
Eulalia focuses on the content rather than the container, cantering the experience on the different relationships that these objects establish with each other. Stay tuned for more feel-good architecture by the Burr team soon.
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