Simple yet impactful renovation injects a breezy playfulness.

Spain is considered by many to be one of the most vibrant countries in the world.  Rich in heritage and history, Spain is home to an abundance of architecturally significant buildings and structures, it’s cities and towns effortlessly oozing arts and culture born out of the sheer experience of centuries gone by.  One of these towns is Alcala de Henares, located about 35km northeast of the city of Madrid.

Having been affirmed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Alcala de Henares is a small town known for its cultural significance and historical buildings.  One notable building in the town’s center is the “Patisserie III”, which is more than 150 years old and is widely known for selling breads and cakes. The building, which had not been renovated for the better part of the century, recently received a simple but transforming renovation from one of the local Madrid-based studios, Ideo Arquitectura.

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To inject a modern and light element to balance the building’s original exposed brick walls, the studio’s director, Virginia del Barco, suspended 12,000 wooden tubular sticks painted various shades of pink, from the ceiling, to mimic a sea of coral.  The length of the sticks varied,  and they were hung to appear to undulate, moving toward the rear of the store.   To complement the ceiling installation, custom designed tubular light fixtures were suspended from the ceiling, and simple furnishings in a pastel pink completed the look.

The playful accents were kept on the inside of the building, while the exterior will maintain its original brick facade, resulting in a fabulous combination of old and new.

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