Biombombastic Uses A Movable Screen To Create Living Areas

Spanish architecture firm Elii were responsible for redesigning this tiny one-room apartment in Madrid, Spain. The firm were contacted by the owner who was seeking to make the most the layout. Elii introduced a number of space-saving ideas and an unusual movable divider.


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The apartment has a floor plan of just 268 square feet (24.9 square meters), with all living areas being either contained within one room, or accessed from it (like the bathroom). The project was completed in 2015 and has been dubbed Biombombastic by the architects.


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There were two main aspects of the redesign. The first being the introduction of transforming furniture and the hiding of rooms. To achieve this, storage was introduced along the length of the entrance wall and the bathroom/kitchen wall.


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The storage units provide a space to hide a murphy, as well as freeing the main body of the room from extra cabinetry and shelving. The bathroom and kitchen are found along the east wall. The kitchen itself is a rather subtle and simple affair, allowing it to blend in with the white backdrop.

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The second aspect of this redesign is the introduction of a movable partition screen. The screen lies flat against the south wall of the property when not in use. When needed, it can be used to divide up the room, or to partition off the sleeping space to provide privacy.


Other hide-away elements in Biombombastic include a fold-down dining table/study desk, located between the bathroom door and the kitchen. From Elii architects: “It optimises the spatial distribution and compacts all the functions so that everyday activities can benefit from as much space as possible.”

For more small apartments check out Batipin Flat, a property that makes use of hide-away furniture to capitalize on space. Or, Darlinghurst Apartment, a tiny, flexible and functional home for two. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Miguel de Guzmán y Rocío Romero

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Very interesting. I am not sure that I could live like that. But the designers of this kind of thing are clearing using their brains innovatively. Strange– but well done. These comments are respectfully submitted.
    Stephan of Arkansas

  2. Thank you, Niall, for bringing us this weekly offering of some of the things people are building in various parts of the world. They certainly stretch our imagination in trying to see ourselves living in the assortment of spaces, some exciting and practical and some, well, downright weird!
    Best wishes from western Canada.