This morning we attended the presentation of the building chosen for the new celebration of Home Decor in Madrid. The former headquarters of the Official College of Architects of Madrid, on Calle del Barquillo 12, will be the one to host on this occasion what turns out to be the 49th edition of the decoration event, which will take place from May 22 to June 22 in the capital .
Built for residential use in 1875 by the architect José Núñez Cortés responds to the usual typology of nineteenth-century architecture, with ground floor, four floors with balconies and a fifth floor set back, which total around 4000 m2.
The exterior ornamentation is discreet, with some plant elements in the lintels and scroll brackets. Stand out the balconies of reería, as you can see in the images topped in the corners with the traditional glazed galleries.
The most peculiar thing about the building is that it has three facades, which is nourished by abundant natural light: to the west the Calle del Barquillo, to the east the gardens of the Army Headquarters and to the north one of the private streets that gives access to the aforementioned barracks.
After the brief introductions of Covadonga Pendones and Luis Sánchez de Pedro, from Casa Decor, and the presentations of the current Dean of the College of Architects and the president of the Bobath Foundation, the solidarity entity with which he will collaborate this year, we will move on to know the building inside.
Acquired in 1950 by COAM, which abandoned it in 2012 to move to its current headquarters, it underwent successive renovations in its interior in order to adapt it to its use as offices. As a result, spaces were compartmentalized, ceilings were lowered to hide facilities, the floors were covered and the walls were covered, mostly of wood, although we have been able to find some quite interesting stuccoed pieces.
Nothing to do in this aspect with other wonderful previous Casa Decor venues, such as the spectacular palace of the Royal Company of Asturian Mines in 2012, but nevertheless some original elements remain, especially on the second floor, such as parquet floors, moldings and window frames.
In any case, the important thing is the transformation that the hand of the most prestigious interior designers will take place inside. We look forward to May and with it the day of the inauguration of Casa Decor Madrid 2014.