Husos adds plant-filled "bathyard" to apartment in Madrid


Sliding transparent partitions and a fold-out bench allow the bathroom within this Madrid apartment to become a communal area for all the family to relax (+ movie).

Bathyard Home by Husos

Local architecture studio Husos renovated the apartment for a woman whose sons who are about to leave home. Having lived in the suburbs for several years, she decided to move back to the city.

Bathyard Home by Husos

Her main requests included a spacious bathroom, a living room where she could watch movies with her family, and space for her large collection of plants.

Bathyard Home by Husos

To fulfil her requirements, Husos came up with the idea of creating a "bathyard" – a bathroom that can transform into a space suitable for other activities.

Bathyard Home by Husos

"The bathyard is a space whose character can be negotiated and altered by the users by sliding transparent partitions and opening out a folding bench," said the architects.

Bathyard Home by Husos

"It is a place where different activities can overlap and be shared, such as trying on clothes, enjoying breakfast, or having a conversation while one is taking a bath and the other is sitting on the folding bench," they added.

Before the renovation, the apartment was a largely dark space – with the exception of one window looking onto an interior patio that served as a corridor and storage area.

Bathyard Home by Husos

To create the bathyard area, the architects removed a series of partition walls – including one that separated the interior patio from the rest of the property.

Bathyard Home by Husos

"The space that generates a new 'exterior' inside the apartment and lends passive thermal and light comfort to the entire home," said the architects.

Bathyard Home by Husos

A small greenhouse is used to separate the bathtub space from a more private area with a shower and toilet.

Bathyard Home by Husos

The greenhouse is surrounded by transparent movable partitions made from sheets of corrugated plastic.

A drip irrigation system automatically waters the different types of ferns, rubber plants, philodendrons and marantas.

Bathyard Home by Husos

It is the only space in the flat where underfloor heating was not installed to prevent drying out the atmosphere. It is instead heated by direct exposure to sunlight through the window.

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Its location between the two humid spaces creates a moist environment for the vegetation.

Bathyard Home by Husos

Throughout the entire bathyard space, walls are painted pale pink and floors are vivid yellow. A circular opening provides a view to the living and dining spaces.

Other properties with interesting bathrooms include a Parisian apartment with a sculptural wooden volume used to house showers, and an Amsterdam hotel room complete with semi-transparent screens designed to resemble the sky at different times of day.

Photographs and movie are by Miguel de Guzmán.

Bathyard Home by Husos
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Bathyard Home by Husos
Section one – click for larger image
Bathyard Home by Husos
Section two – click for larger image
  • James

    The plants make that space look cramped.

  • Joe

    Interesting way to use and interpret space.

  • María Calle

    Beautiful design! Very intelligent how the inner parts of dark flats can gain a new value though the inclusion of nature and the idea of an interior-exterior patio.

  • Jess Thinkin

    “Wow, nice house. Where d’ y’all hang out?”
    “Here in the bathroom.”
    “What the hell?”
    “Yeah. C’mon in. Coffee’s on the toilet – donuts are on the vanity. Soooo good to see you!”

  • Kayleigh

    Too much. Less is more.

  • thepixinator

    I do like the idea of having an interior greenhouse in a dark apartment, and I like the use of sliding doors and interior windows – they save so much floor space. Maybe if their whole house wasn’t devoid of comfortable furniture and anything decorative, and all the shelves weren’t bare, they wouldn’t feel the need to hang out with the plants in the bathroom.

    I really don’t want to hang out with people in the bath. Maybe I’m just too American in that respect. And I totally can’t get past the gold lamè curtain in the living room. Aside from the fact that it’s gold lamè, which is best left to 1970s Halston disco dresses, I think another pocket door would be better there than a curtain.