Our Trends Issue 2013  does a grand tour of some of the most directional homes of the year, and it includes one of the smartest repurposing house design projects by acclaimed Italian interior designer Paola Navone.

And here’s another. A home belonging to the owner of Spanish fashion retailer Jimmy’s Scooter and Scooter Hombre, its homeware and furniture offshoot. (We featured this apartment in our 2012 Trends Issue, and so enjoyed revisiting the images, we decided to share some of the unpublished images with you.)

The 300-sq. metre apartment in Madrid’s Salamanca neighbourhood has been transformed from a series of closed, compartmentalised rooms to an open avenue of space where each area opens up onto the next in an enfilade arrangement. While the look has a contemporary urban feel, the enfilade idea as an interior architectural approach has been around for centuries. An enfilade is a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other. This was a common feature in grand European architecture from the Baroque period onwards, although there are earlier examples, such as the Vatican stanze. The doors opening into each room are aligned with the doors of the connecting rooms along a single axis, providing a vista through the entire suite of rooms. The enfilade can be used as a processional route, and is a common arrangement in museums and art galleries, as it facilitates the movement of large numbers of people through a building.

Original Text: Mar Santamaria

Production: Beatriz Apapricio

Photographs: P. Zuloaga/ I Semenat

Posted by Inge van der Merwe & Jenny Mason