Thea Space – A 1960’s Argentinian Apartment Redesign

This project, titled Thea Space, is set in one of the most densely populated districts of Buenos Aires City, Argentina. The apartment block dates back to the 60’s and had a suitably dated interior to boot.


A local firm, by the name of IR Arquitectura, were enlisted by the clients to help bring the property into the 21st century.

Thea Space - IR Arquitectura - Argentina - Storage - Humble Homes


Thea Space consists of a 646 square foot (60 square meter) unit that’s been divided up into three main sections. Unlike most other current redevelopments, they’ve not gone for a wholly open plan layout. Instead they’ve opted for clear divisions between the different rooms.

Thea Space - IR Arquitectura - Argentina - Living Room - Humble Homes


A connection is maintained between the spaces by introducing openings in dividing walls and by finishing them with translucent materials. The overall effect creates a series of distinctive rooms and functions, which still permit lines of communication and light to pass through with ease.

Thea Space - IR Arquitectura - Argentina - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The finish is in line with most modern projects – white walls and ceilings with elements of light wood, and the odd plant or two to provide some greenery.

Thea Space - IR Arquitectura - Argentina - Dining Area and Desk - Humble Homes

In terms of layout, the first section of the home contains the entrance and corresponding hallway, the dining area/study nook, living room and an exterior balcony. The second area contains the kitchen and bathroom, with a central segment separating the two and providing access to the third segment; the home’s two bedrooms.

Thea Space - IR Arquitectura - Argentina - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

From the architects: “A furniture device is constituted as a programmatic interface between intimate and public areas of the house, condensing technical lines, saving space and equipment. In its final disposition, the furniture device exchanges watertight thick walls for soft surfaces, drivable and translucent, providing mutability and the capacity of management for uses, natural lighting and ventilation to an amplified space.”

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Via ArchDaily
Photos: Javier Agustin Rojas

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. I definitely like this one. I do like the storage but is it possible to move the TV to a different area possibly by hanging on a wall and using different materials to hide it possibly using a painting or the top of a shallow bookcase possibly for paperbacks and use the original space for the TV for additional storage.

    I do have a suggestion. Where the picture is with the standing table and chairs and bench are: have another shelf for books or videos or dvds and at the bottom of the bench – open with another shelf or two for books or videos or dvds or picture albums which would create more storage space and possible hide that area with either a curtain or doors or put a table cloth over table which would also hide the space if you had open the space with the bench but wanted to put can goods or some other item.