Studio Noju renovates curvy condo in brutalist Torres Blancas tower

Native agency Studio Noju has up to date a two-storey Madrid condo throughout the Torres Blancas high-rise with a renovation that continues to be “in fixed dialogue” with the unique condo design.

Designed in 1961 by architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíz, Torres Blancas is a 71-metre-high uncovered concrete tower that includes cylindrical shapes that create bulbous balconies on its facade and curved rooms inside.

Studio Noju renovated the most important condo in Torres Blancas

Studio Noju overhauled the 1040 unit – the brutalist constructing’s greatest condo – to steadiness its historical past with up to date design particulars, in keeping with the agency.

“Our inside design proposal for the condo takes inspiration from the unique concepts that the architect got here up with for the constructing,” studio co-founder Antonio Mora instructed Dezeen.

Inside-outside shot of the curvy apartment, with green tiles on the floor
Recovered terrace area is characterised by inexperienced tiles

A key a part of the undertaking concerned increasing the condo’s exterior space on the primary flooring from 15 to virtually 80 sq. metres to create the quantity of out of doors area that existed earlier than a number of previous renovations of the tower.

This enlargement added terraces which can be characterised by curved floor-to-ceiling glazing and slatted crimson shutters. These open onto gleaming inexperienced ceramic tiles that take cues from Sixties interiors and kind built-in benches, fountains and planters that comply with the terraces’ meandering contours.

Semi-circular foyer with red-wine panelling within Torres Blancas apartment
Guests enter at a semi-circular lobby

“The out of doors areas have been as soon as once more consolidated right into a steady terrace that follows the define of the unique plan,” defined Mora, who arrange Studio Noju with Eduardo Tazón in 2020.

“There’s a fixed dialogue between lots of the options we’ve proposed within the inside design of the condo with these proposed greater than 50 years in the past by Sáenz de Oiza.”

White structural walls with yellow openings snaking round first floor of Unit 1040 apartment
White partitions and ceilings create an ethereal open-plan first flooring

Guests enter the condo at a semi-circular lobby that includes Segovia black slate and wine-red panelling – the identical supplies used within the constructing’s communal areas.

The open-plan floor flooring is interrupted by snaking white structural partitions, comparable to a partition in the lounge that options repetitive round openings.

Mint-green continuous countertop by Studio Noju in Torres Blancas
The kitchen was fashioned from a steady countertop

A steady custom-made countertop with a refined inexperienced hue types the kitchen space, which features a assertion bulbous sink that echoes Torres Blancas’ cylindrical facade.

Gentle displays from the unique glass-brick tinted home windows and illuminates the sleek resin flooring and metallic wall accents.

Floating staircase placed against oak panelling in apartment by Studio Noju
Studio Noju salvaged an unique brass banister for the staircase

White geometric treads create a floating staircase with an unique polished brass banister that results in the primary flooring. Upstairs, a sequence of bedrooms is characterised by oak ceilings that distinction with the intense white ceilings on the bottom flooring.

Every lavatory is playfully colour-coded with particular person mosaics of shiny tiles, full with sconce lights, mirrors and cabinetry that comply with the rounded shapes discovered all through the condo.

Amber light shining through original windows in apartment bathroom designed by Studio Noju
Every lavatory has colour-coded tiles

“The [mosaic] materials allowed us to unravel all the weather of the toilet comparable to bathe areas, vanities, partitions and flooring, referencing an analogous materials technique used within the unique design,” mentioned Mora.

Adjoining to the primary bed room, the first-floor terrace contains a big inexperienced tile-clad out of doors bathtub cloaked in a sheer curtain, which is flanked by vegetation that have been positioned to soak up the water produced by bathing.

“The component that we’re most pleased with is the sensation of a house-patio that has been recovered within the condo,” mirrored Mora.

“The unit as soon as once more revolves across the exterior areas, and these appear to mix with the inside by way of the curved traces of inexperienced tiles that enter and exit the lounge and eating space,” added the architect.

“Our greatest problem was putting a steadiness between honouring the constructing, however on the similar time imbuing the inside design with our language.”

Outdoor green tile-clad bathtub on terrace in Torres Blancas building
The primary flooring terrace options an outside bathtub

Studio Noju showcased an analogous vibrant fashion in its debut undertaking, which concerned the renovation of an open-plan Seville condo.

Torres Blancas was among the many buildings captured by photographer Roberto Conte in his sequence of brutalist buildings in Madrid.

The images is by José Hevia.