In the heart of the city of Madrid a small architecture called by its creators ‘Casa Olivar’ is born. The interior design has been conceived by the couple of designers Matteo Ferrari and Carlota Gallo in order to transform it into their home. Rescued from a ruined state and a turbulent past, the aim is to bring new life to the space; adding layers, rewriting its history and thereby generating new memories.

The project was conceptualized as a living object in continuous transformation, where various stages and uses can be accommodated. According to this scenario the site was transformed into an atypical exhibition space for NoDo during the construction period; a silent event which invited a select group of Madrid designers to reflect on how we conceive light from darkness and kept behind closed doors.

The conversion to living space is spontaneous and essential, recovering those distinctive identity features of the architecture and providing a new narrative. A “non-urban” place, a sensorial refuge to reconnect with ourselves, regulate our emotions and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The intervention is characterized by a spatial continuity and a warm minimalism; it seeks to elevate natural light and encourage the use of local craft materials, generating a close dialogue between light and materiality. Casa Olivar is both a house and a place: an intimate space where the creativity can evolve but above all, a space designed to be enjoyed and shared.

Photography : Asier Rua

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Anastasia is the lead author of She has studied English Literature and Psychology in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as Interior Design & Architecture in AKTO College. She works in the field of Higher Education and has a special passion for cozy interiors.

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