An entrance that takes inspiration from a classical temple
Madrid, Spain. Must Wanted Space, Casa Decor 2022
Wall and counter top cladding
4 mm and 20 mm
Beatriz and Teresa Enríquez Amo, Comad Arquitectos
26 slabs, 2 slabs
A monumental space to welcome visitors
The 2022 edition of Casa Decor coincides with its 30th anniversary. To celebrate it, the exhibition returns to the Barrio de Salamanca neighbourhood, in Madrid, the place where it all began. The building retains its original early 20th century layout and many of its original architectural elements. Architects Beatriz and Teresa Enríquez Amo, of Comad Arquitectos, have established a dialogue between the building and their ‘Must Wanted’ Space to create a sculptural entrance to welcome visitors. The space, called ‘Templo 89’, is situated in the entrance and ticket office area of the building and is inspired by the grandeur of classical temples and the elegance of the stately entrances of the Barrio de Salamanca neighbourhood.
To achieve this monumental design, the architects made use of the building’s original elements, such as the ceiling mouldings, the marble floor and the ornamental front door. Combining these elements with carefully chosen lighting and the ultra-compact Dekton cladding was a great success, as they enhance and magnify this entrance where past and present meet. “We wanted to give a nod to the stately entrance of the building by creating a contemporary version through the materials used”.
A temple with noble materials
To evoke sensations in the visitor, the architects have created a design that simulates the entrance to a temple, the temple of the house. “Our design was inspired by classical style, with light colours and noble materials. “That’s why we used Dekton Rem, which is inspired by Calacatta white marble”, says Teresa Enríquez Amo. Its design with brown and grey veins and touches of gold enhances the sobriety of the space and elevates the classical look the architects were looking for. The concept revolves around proportions and symmetry, playing with depth, the curved shapes of arches and pure geometry. “We have used Cosentino material to create these geometric forms also through the use of lighting”, says Enríquez Amo.
The design is complemented by sculptures displayed on pedestals in a museum-like manner. The counter top, also clad in Dekton, acts as a sculptural element and adds a contemporary, minimalist touch. Sculptural ceiling lamps and floral arrangements add a touch of fantasy to finish off the design.
Sustainable and reusable elements
The use of sustainable materials such as Dekton, the only surface in its sector that is carbon neutral throughout its life cycle, low-consumption lighting with lamps by Oliva Iluminación and the dimensional rug made from recycled synthetic fibres are Comad Arquitectos’ contribution to Casa Decor’s sustainability campaign. “We also wanted to give a second life to all the materials used in the project and avoid producing waste”, they further say.
“Our design was inspired by classical style, with light colours and noble materials. That’s why we used Dekton Rem, which is inspired by Calacatta white marble”.
Teresa Enríquez Amo