JM55 is the refurbishment of a 70s dwelling in Madrid.
The housing block built in the 70’s on Joan Margall Street in Madrid, replicated the distribution paradigm of the time, managing to fit two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a living room and a kitchen in 40m2. The independent rooms strictly complied with the necessary functional minimums, reducing each one’ s potential size. The proposed transformation is radically opposed to this principle, dismantling the divisions between spaces and dissolving the limits of the uses associated with each of them. A central core integrates all the facilities of the house, being the toilet the only element that can be isolated. The rest of materials, uses and rooms merge and contaminate each other, so that the tenants sleep in the bathroom as well as they shower in the living room. A piece of white tiling symbolically marks the wet uses that are present throughout the house, completely coating the central piece and the floors near it. As an opposite strategy, rails included in the ceilings draw the blueprint of a totally different space, closed by curtains of different materials that give shelter or privacy to the proposed uses. A curtain of quilts surrounds the space where the bed is located while a folded felt curtain creates an independent study capsule.
JM55 was designed in Madrid in 2020 by BURR (E. Fuertes, R. Martínez, A. Molins, J. Sobejano) and L. Pérez. The textile design and concept was developed together with the designer Rubén Gómez. The outcome was photographed by Maru Serrano. JM55 was runner up of the Ascer Prize for ceramic architecture.