It may seem that an open-plan living scheme—lauded as a prime feature of midcentury modern homes, for example—is going out of style.
That’s the story this apartment renovation in Bilbao, Spain, is telling, at least. Spanish firm Pauzarq has reconfigured the 100-square-meter (that’s a little over 1,000 square feet) home to create a “broken-plan” layout that follows the lines of the original construction’s concrete girders, or beams, now exposed.
In a broken-plan floorplan, open spaces that include living, dining, and other areas are instead carved into smaller, separate zones instead of flowing into one another. Perhaps as a result of shrinking real estate and growing density in urban centers, residents are increasingly looking for secluded spots in their own homes, according to Dezeen.
Here, the living room and bedroom are placed along the front of the apartment, which features sash windows. Directly across from the living area is a kitchenette that has been shielded by a glass partition with timber frames. In front of that is a small dining nook that is also enclosed by glass on three sides. Two bathrooms are also placed on this side of the flat.
From our estimation, this configuration looks no different from an average apartment layout—except it features an ill-placed glass box that feels stuffy instead of efficient. Will the broken-play layout become popular in the U.S.? That remains to be seen.