Look, an origami apartment!

The architects behind these apartments dare to think far beyond the box when creating rooms and decor.

Look, an origami apartment!

Traditional and predictable are two words that certainly do not come in when exploring one of Spain’s most futuristic apartments, The Habitable Fold.

According to the The Designer Pad website, the architects Hector Ruiz-Velazquez and Javier Garcia made the house on behalf of a white goods company as a showroom for their latest home technology.

Ruiz-Velazquez and Garcia are the minds of one of Spain’s most famous architects, G & R Studio. The creative duo created this unique home, as they themselves called The Habitable Fold, commissioned by Whirpool, last year’s Casa Decor Barcelona.

At the exhibition, one of Europe’s largest interior designers, the white goods giant wanted to showcase his newest and most groundbreaking household appliances in a truly unique environment.

Look, an origami apartment!

RUG AND RIP: The Habitable Fold apartment has great contrasts between structure and materials. Photo: Producer / Architect

When you enter the home you are greeted by a giant white origami-like wooden sculpture that takes up the entire 50 square meter apartment.

Look, an origami apartment!

ISSKULPTUR: The great wooden sculpture memorial that takes up the entire apartment house reminds many of an iceberg. Photo: Producer / Architect

The construction – or sculpture – stretches through the apartment, and is in all the different zones, living room, dining room, kitchen and utility room.

Sounds messy? Alas. Here is the talk about maximum utilization of available space.

And it works. The wooden sculpture is designed in such a way that it allows living areas such as living rooms and kitchens to be open and accessible, while at the same time protecting private rooms as bedrooms and bathrooms from having access.

Geometry is fun

The dramatic contrast between the crisp white walls and the black marble floor gives the apartment a futuristic look.

All white tones also make sure all natural light emitted is reflected around the apartment, which works larger than its 50 square meters.

The project shows that stylish interior and unique details need to be deleted not only be reserved for large open surfaces and lots of space.

The Tiled House

In another company assignment, architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez has created a unique residence, this time in Madrid.

Look, an origami apartment!

The apartment Ceramic House in Madrid is signed by architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez. Photo: Producer / Architect

The Ceramic House apartment was created on behalf of ASCER (Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Azulejos y Pavimentos Cerámicos – the Spanish Association of Tiles and Ceramic Floor Manufacturers, to show how ceramic tiles can have many uses.

In an old townhouse dating back to the early 1900s in the middle of Madrid, the apartment is located, but behind the classic facade, there is an interior that is anything but traditional.

According to the architect, much of the concept behind the architecture inside the apartment was freedom in relation to levels and floors.

Labyrinth-like solutions, a multitude of levels and messanines create an exciting and new expression. Tiles used on both floors, walls and ceilings make the name Ceramic House feel appropriate.

Form and Function

The idea behind the construction was to create a cohesive space and to have flow between the rooms and the different levels of the house, Ruiz-Velázquez tells Click. no.

Look, an origami apartment!

LOOKING LABYRINT: You get the feeling of being in a maze in the apartment, with its many heights and levels. Photo: Producer / Architect

The apartment has gained maximum utilization of area, and appears as both light and airy, despite the limited square meters.

The contrast between the cold white tiles and the warm wooden floor is both exciting and aesthetic.

The many mirrors do not only work as decor but also make the apartment appear bigger than it is.

The result of the construction is, a little surprising, a freedom of movement that you rarely experience in such a small space.

Different levels and floors, and the flow between them, make room feel different from everything else and you explore the place in a new way. The transition from room to room is unbroken, and corners and obstacles are noticed slightly.

– Using tiles in this way combines innovation and tradition, change and continuity. Historically, but in a new way, the architect concludes.

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Look, an origami apartment!

LIGHTING IDE: Many mirrors and light sources make the apartment larger than 50 m2. Photo: Producer / Architect

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Look, an origami apartment!

WITH BREAT AND BOW: Ceramic House in Madrid is a collaboration between architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez and the Spanish Association of Tiles and Ceramics Manufacturers. Photo: Producer / Architect


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