Murado & Elvira Arquitectos design a narrow house in Madrid

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This narrow house in Madrid is an ode to minimalism

Casa Galgo by Murado & Elvira Arquitectos is a minimalist, narrow house on a quiet residential street in Madrid

Turning down this quiet, conventional residential street in Madrid, one might be surprised to pass by Murado & Elvira Arquitectos’ Casa Galgo. The new home is an ode to minimalism, all simple, white volumes, clean lines and a calm presence. And what makes this home even more memorable is its striking, slender main volume, a monolith of minimalist architecture just 4m wide, which generously accommodates the home – albeit a narrow home – while respecting local planning constraints.

To make the most of the narrow lot (in a densely built-up part of town), the architects, led by studio founders Clara Murado and Juan Elvira, dug a generous level underground while also digging out a wraparound outdoor space to ensure light wanders through the whole house. There is “a courtyard on the lower level, a garden with swimming pool on the ground floor and a double-height terrace on the first floor, which extend and complement the narrow interior of the house,” the architects explain. These enable “a rich spatial experience while at the same time maintaining the necessary privacy in a dense residential area”.

The house extends over a total of four levels, which accommodate a family room and a garage in the basement; the flowing living and kitchen area on the ground floor; the master bedroom with en suite bathroom that occupies the entire first floor; and more bedrooms upstairs. The whole thing is crowned by a walk-in roof terrace.

Clean finishes and large openings allow natural light to bounce off the walls and illuminate the interior. Meanwhile, large perforated metal sliding panels add interest and nuance to the lighting experience. Similarly, the main staircase’s balustrade is elegantly woven to offer vistas, as well as a sculptural quality as it spans levels and functions.

A sleek white perforated bridge leads from the street to the main entrance and playfully spans the basement courtyard, while a spiral staircase connects an upper terrace to the second-story rooftop suntrap at the back — adding a bit of drama and anticipation to this one otherwise serene, minimalist structure, a modest, narrow home that punches above its weight. §

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