The Jerónimos neighborhood is a peaceful haven in the heart of Madrid. Bordered by the El Retiro Park, Calle de Alcala, and the Paseo del Prado, it houses some of the most salient landmarks in Spain's capital: the Museo del Prado, the church of San Jerónimo el Real –whose cloister currently holds the Prado museum’s sculpture collection–, the Casón del Buen Retiro, and the Botanical Garden. The neighborhood is full of regal nineteenth-century buildings, and Calle Antonio Maura is the location of the home whose sleek kitchen was designed by bulthaup O’Donnell.
The kitchen, equipped with b1 units in an alpine white lacquer finish, revolves around an island with cooking and water points which is attached to the side wall at one of its ends. Its bar top with two stools is perfect for having breakfast or a quick lunch. Behind the island, a line of units for storage and appliances covers the entire back wall.
Open or isolated: a versatile space
In response to the preferences expressed by the owner -a contemporary art collector- the kitchen was placed in an inner room that opens up onto the dining area through a large double door whose magnificent original woodwork was restored. With the aim of preserving the existing layout, the design team veered away from the usual open-plan kitchen and dining area, instead creating a highly versatile space that can be either connected or separated as needed.
Cooking with perspective
The choice of white for the bulthaup units and the walls was key, providing the space with a pure, luminous quality that makes the most of the natural light pouring in from the dining room balcony overlooking the street. The direction of the island also allows those who are cooking to have a full view of the adjoining space and enjoy the company of family and friends. The result is an austere kitchen, in perfect harmony with the elegant spaces in the original apartment, that elicits culinary exploration and relaxed conversation.
Photography: Adkicker Films