Attic apartments are generally notorious for being compact, with much headroom and floor space lost due to sloped roofs or structural beams. But even so, attic apartments have a lot of potential—they’re often a bit more affordable when it comes to renting and buying them, and they can provide plenty of natural light and privacy when designed properly.
For Sissi, a woman who lives in a loft apartment near the bustling Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain, it was her hope to transform her 505-square-foot home into a home that was functional and playful. Originally from a town north of Milan, Ceci is a lover of thoughtful design, technology and the good life. To realize her dream of having a home to suit her tastes and needs, she turned to local firm Gon Architects (seen here previously with another excellent attic apartment remodel) to get the job done. The architects describe their approach this way:
There is a common Italian expression, lazy which calls a way of life associated with the pleasure of doing nothing, this idle and idle attitude is perhaps one of the ways of being in the world that activates the most creative of man.
The idea of bringing some practical comfort to a space meant not only revamping the entire floor plan but also adding some luxurious surprises, like an outdoor bathtub. The newly renovated apartment, now called Casa Gialla, is a far cry from its original, dark and dingy state. Gone are the existing walls that divided the apartment into poorly ventilated rooms, which included two standing bedrooms. Instead, the new design scheme involves creating an open, multifunctional space in the center that serves as a place to cook, work, and read.
Plenty of functional items and storage spaces have been pushed and condensed into the apartment’s perimeter. We can see the kitchen here, which has been rebuilt with simple white cabinets, integrated items like the induction hob, and appliances like the fridge hidden behind cabinet doors, creating a cleaner, more streamlined look. More natural light now pours in, thanks to the addition of a skylight. The ceiling also feels noticeably less heavy, thanks to the old wooden beams now hidden by a flat white surface that visually unifies the space.
We love this clever addition of a mirror at one end of the kitchen counter, which gives the impression of it continuing into the distance, adding to the impression of more space.
At the other end of the apartment, an old wall that separated the space into an additional bedroom has disappeared, allowing more open space for viewing. In its place, we have a Murphy bed that folds up and provides a place for guests to sleep. The kitchen table folds down to become a corner workspace. There is also a comfortable sofa here that Ceci can move to set up different configurations for rest and relaxation.
There’s also an ingenious kitchen island on wheels, which Ceci can roll out to create space for dining or entertaining guests.
With the addition of a chair, the moveable kitchen island can also be used as another workspace. The remaining wall here that separates the main living space from the bedroom has now been reimagined in bright yellow – shelves, cupboards, doors…
…and even the tiles that line the threshold of the door that enters the bedroom.
The bedroom itself can be closed with a curtain.
To the side, there is a door connecting the bedroom to the bathroom.
The bathroom itself has a lot of the same simple designs, dressed in white and yellow.
Back outside, and through the double patio door, we came to the renovated porch. Here we find a great little outdoor space with a rain shower and built-in furniture to relax.
A delightful surprise can be found when one flips the seat to reveal an outdoor bathtub – all in the heart of Madrid.
There are plenty of great renovation ideas here that prove small attic apartments are no barrier to living a great life; To learn more, visit Gon Architects.