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Bathtub in a living space that hides secret rooms


A bathtub in the middle of the living room is one thing, but when it’s strategically positioned to hide a bathroom and dressing room? Well, that’s a whole new level of cool.

A hammock in the living room? Does this place get any cooler? Picture: Imagensubliminal

Hedonism and pleasure are the two key concepts that informed the design decisions behind this converted attic.

The playful abode, named G House, sits atop a four-storey building in Madrid’s neighbourhood of Conde Duque. It’s designed for one occupant, but there are enough surprises and hidden gems to please the masses.

The outdoor terrace is perfect to host a BBQ party. Picture: Imagensubliminal

Madrid-based architecture firm Gon Architects describes the modern digs as being “free of partitions, where the boundaries between rooms are blurred so that any unexpected events can happen”.

This is perhaps best displayed by the huge sunken bathtub that sits adjacent to a large outdoor terrace.

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The mosaic tub hides access to the bathroom and dressing room. Picture: Imagensubliminal

Aside from being in close proximity to the open-plan living space, the tub’s back wall is also the access point to a bathroom and an all-black dressing room that are located behind it.

The home is accessed via a blue staircase. Picture: Imagensubliminal

A pine-clad wardrobe takes centre stage in the middle of the floorplan. The architects describe this volume as a storage system, which doubles as “the link between both worlds”.

A bookshelf takes up one entire wall. Picture: Imagensubliminal

“It is an element of play: It hides a secret access to the bathroom between its doors, setting the scene of a place for surprise and mystery in the house,” says lead architect and the home’s owner Gonzalo Pardo.

Gonzalo says the furniture, rather than the structural elements, define the layout of the space.

“The actions of cooking, eating, sleeping, doing exercise, interacting with others, working or resting, take place in a free space defined by the shape and position of the objects with certain scenographic conditions.”

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A bright, white kitchen with access to the outdoor balcony. Picture: Imagensubliminal

A number of outdoor spaces help to bring the outdoors in and create a connection to nature. The glass roof above the bathtub is ripe for stargazing and the windows alongside it can be opened out onto the narrow garden.

A second 10-metre-long balcony runs the length of the penthouse and encourages outdoor entertaining.

A bathroom hidden behind a bathtub. Picture: Imagensubliminal

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