Refurbishing an old building to six apartments and one shop
c/ Marqués Viudo de Pontejos 9, Madrid
COAM Architecture Award 2018
Interior Design FAD Award 2017
Shortlisted XIV Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial
Architects: Victoria Acebo & Ángel Alonso
Promoter: Diego Hidalgo Demeusois
Colaborators: Mariam Nieto & Javier Fernández, Alejandro Bernabéu, JG Ingenieros
Photos: Rafael Trapiello
2014 - 2017
We love to read the marks of previous occupants in the houses we inhabit, and sometimes we left some presence of them, as if remembering ... We assume that out of this slightly morbid curiosity arose the idea that leads the last intervention on Pontejos 9: a building is a time capsule that contains stories, memories, also information, and to act on it, re-inhabiting or rehabilitating, it is necessary to open that capsule.
we wanted to preserve its content and add a new one. If we scratched a wall or lifted a carpet we would find something, we would stop to look at it. We can not explain exactly why some things interested us more than others. Many of the presences that we found in the building were vulgar and the old object in itself did not impress us too much at first, as eccentric and not belonging to our culture.
...decided simply to be part of the flow that went through the history of the building and not deviate too much the trajectory of its trip in time: we prescribe reset itscomfort level, chiropractic its tired skeleton, rescue symmetries and axes, invoke ghosts and add some sexy complement accordingly with the contemporary.
Numerical control robots pantographed the Autocad drawings that reproduce doors that did not survive time. The decorative patterns were digitized and recorded on new materials. Doorknobs have been copied and remelted in brass in new RTV silicone molds. In those elements that have had to break or that simply were not there have been tattooed their presences in the form of ghost drawings.