During a renovation, it can sometimes be a challenge to maintain the balance between authentic elements and contemporary additions. In this penthouse, designed by the Spanish studio Sharqk, this was no problem at all. We take you inside this bright residence with a preference for soft shapes.
Penthouse BQ is located in the centre of Madrid and occupies a historic building from 1900. Its interior partly refers to the Justicia district in which the apartment is located, known for its art galleries and many furniture stores. In this lively city centre, the residents were keen to create an oasis of calm where they could catch their breath every once in a while. An important role in achieving that goal was played by material textures and natural light.
In the day and night zones, the layout was adapted to the functions as much as possible
During the renovation, Sharqk had to take into account the historical character of the apartment, but also pay enough attention to the integration of sculptural art and furniture pieces. Combining the two creates an interesting contrast that does not feel forced. The elements that could be restored were renovated, such as the steel columns hidden behind the walls, the wrought-iron balcony railings, and the wooden shutters inside and outside. Modern elements such as air conditioning and household appliances were eliminated as much as possible. The apartment is divided into a day and night zone, with the kitchen at the centre of the house. In both zones, the layout was adapted to the functions as much as possible. For example, the rooms in the day area are open and interconnected thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, while the night areas were designed for maximum privacy and storage space. The material palette is built around natural wood and stone. Each room has a different oak floor pattern, which emphasises spatial continuity while also giving each room its own identity. In the kitchen, clean, sharp lines and hidden storage contrast with natural Volakas marble. The bathrooms are designed with Campaspero limestone from Spain. Classic and contemporary elements are united in this penthouse. Add a touch of French romance, and you have an interior where coming home feels like a surprise every time.
Styling by Beatriz Aparicio
Photography by Montse Garriga