When you hear the words “tiny home”, do you imagine a crampy apartment where it is difficult to set a foot? Or do you imagine it as light and spacious, and with lots of different rooms?
Although the latter seems hardly possible, Spanish architecture firm Elii has created exactly that. They’ve refurbished a 25 m2 (269 ft2) apartment in the centre of Madrid and turned it into a highly transformable space, which adapts to inhabitants’ daily needs. The project is called Biombombastic, and the architects compare it to origami – it can be folded and unfolded in many ways, creating a different space each time.
In the apartment, there is a bathroom that also serves as a laundry room, and an open space with what seems like nothing but a complete kitchen on one side. However, this open space hides a folding bed, some storage space, and a fold-down auxiliary table. There is also a large fitted screen on one of the sides, which can be deployed from the wall to divide the open space into a couple of smaller ones. This way, you can temporarily build the walls around the bedroom or kitchen, and alter the way the apartment looks.
“Our inspiration is the Black Box in a theater,” – Elii architects told Avocado Garden. Biombombastic is part of a series of transformable occupational proposals that have been developed by Elii. In these proposals, the inside of the households is configured as a small domestic theatre: small black boxes where every day is enjoyed within a different stage.”
The lighting also plays a huge role in this domestic theatre. Small apartment is easily filled with natural light, and even if you close the screen around your bed, sunlight still flows through the screen, due to its materials, which are partly opaque and partly translucent. White interior with wooden details also helps in creating the illusion of a space much bigger than it actually is.
Elii explained: “We have tried to expand this small space with neutral colors and with the maximum daylight, and use warm materials like wood as opposed to other more industrial ones like polycarbonate plastic.”
↓ Large screen creates a private bedroom space
↓ Folding furniture allows for quick transformations
↓ Daylight shines through partly translucent screen
↓ The apartment looks spacious despite being small
↓ Many options of space distribution
All photographs and images are courtesy of Miguel de Guzmán.