This colorful apartment is a compact living exercise

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This colorful apartment in Seville is a compact living exercise

Studio Noju’s first interior design is a small apartment filled with color and inspired by its surroundings

City life in today’s climate can be a challenge. Real estate comes at a premium and for those who want to live in cities, increasing the feeling of space in a small apartment can be tricky. Dividing the space into separate zones can make it feel compartmentalized and even smaller than it actually is, but no one wants to feel like they’re living in a box. This is the challenge that the young Madrid firm Studio Noju sought to take up when it was commissioned to renovate a 60 m² apartment for a single woman in the colorful neighborhood of Triana in Seville.

Instead of defining the different areas using physical partitions, the studio opted to channel the neighborhood’s distinctive street colors to create a series of niches, resulting in a yellow dining room, green kitchen, black bath and a blue guest area, all of which act as a stark contrast to the muted gray and white palette of the living room.

Meanwhile, readily available roof ridges known as cumberras in Spanish, and wavy pleated curtains were used to create textured backgrounds for the niches, giving them consistency and depth.

Studio Noju was created by Antonio Mora and Eduardo Tazón, who, after graduating from the Seville School of Architecture, had moved to New York to work for firms such as OMA and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The duo were still in New York when they were tasked with designing the apartment, adding an additional challenge to the project, as design and construction coordination had to be done via video calls, taking into account a six hour time difference.

“This is our first project and it marks the beginning of our exploration of our design language, which is still evolving and hopefully always will be,” they say of the apartment’s colorful design. “We’re keen to constantly challenge our own ideas of who we are as a studio, and every project we work on tests the state of that conversation, which, in turn, helps us evolve.” §

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