Eulalia by BURR Studio forms part of a developing strategy to protect Madrid’s industrial heritage

Eulalia by BURR Studio forms part of a developing strategy to protect Madrid’s industrial heritage

10 May 2022 News

Over the last 30 years, industrial activity in the centre of Madrid has gradually increased as a result of rising property values, noise/environmental protection measures, and various planning regulations that encouraged the property owners to change their land use from industrial to residential. As a result, industrial buildings within the urban fabric are now at risk of extinction, leaving the city reduced to a single use and the disappearance of this typology. 

Luis Díaz Díaz

Part of a project series called “Elements for industrial recovery,” Eulalia by BURR Studio is part of a developing strategy to protect the city’s industrial heritage by providing use and occupation alternatives that extend the usefulness of the industrial warehouse/typology and avoid its demolition. 

Luis Díaz Díaz

Previously a warehouse of disparate objects, the interventions made to Eulalia do not directly affect the walls and deck. Specifically, a staircase and gate have been developed to connect and isolate a small space of intimacy for the inhabitants. These components, with their colour, materiality and sharp contrast from the remainder of the workshop-style space. 

Luis Díaz Díaz

By focusing on content rather than the container, the architects focus on the experience of different relationships that objects in space establish with each other. Large-format photographs, work tools, rescued and restored furniture, a kitchen from a recently closed restaurant, a bench from an abandoned church and plants of different types and sizes, among the many objects that make up his collection, generate different compositions, causing the space to operate as a large background.

Luis Díaz Díaz
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