Parais@ – An Apartment Redesign with Glass Partition Walls

Architect Manual Ocaña was responsible for delivering this apartment redesign on the behalf of a client who knew exactly what they wanted. The apartment, dubbed Parais@, is set in the region of Torrejon de la Calzada in Madrid, Spain.


Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Kitchen and Dining Area - Humble Homes

The unit has been divided into three bays of 183 square feet (17 square meters) giving it a total floor area of 549 square feet (51 square meters). Much of the fabric of the building has been left “as is”, other than a fresh coat of paint on the walls.


Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Living Room - Humble Homes

The redesign involved inserting elements into the space. The different rooms of the home are now largely defined by a series of glazed partitions. They keep the apartment bright and airy, but at the cost of privacy (it obviously wasn’t a concern for the client).


Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Glass Partitions - Humble Homes

A large mirrored volume has also been created. It measures 16.4 x 7.25 x 7.25 feet (5 x 2.21 x 2.21 meters) and adds to the sense of spaciousness despite taking up a chunk of the floor plan.

Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Interior - Humble Homes

If you find it hard to make sense of the apartment from the pictures, it may partly be due to the client specifically asking for a disorienting layout. I’m not quite sure what the logic behind that idea is. The right end of the property contains a living room and master bedroom.

Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Layout - Humble Homes

The midsection of the apartment is taken up by dining area/workspace, a laundry room (found in the mirrored unit), and the bathroom/restroom. The kitchen and a second bedroom are placed to the back end, near the entrance. Other requests by the client apparently include real wood flooring with a design inspired by Beyonce’s tattoo on it (yup, you read that right).

Parais - Manuel Ocaña - Madrid Spain - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

For more apartments check out this 269 square foot micro-home that’s designed to cater for a chef and his partner. Or, Alan’s Apartment, a contemporary apartment renovation from Barcelona. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Imagen Subliminal

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 Comment
  1. Not sure I’d want visitors to be able to see “into” my very messy bedroom…LOL

    Anyway, people who live in glass houses…