Inspiration

A Nautical-Inspired Apartment With an Unexpected Wall

In the heart of Bilbao, Spain, a modern slash industrial apartment by TENKA ARKITEKTURA has taken shape, transforming a 1960’s former office and residence into a unique living space. Named Burgatoi, this renovation project is inspired by the nautical world, where a curved piece of wood, also known as “burgatoi,” is used in ship construction. The project’s goal is to create a parallel with the curved construction of the living space, adding personality and breaking from conventional design.

The original layout presented challenges with its narrow and elongated L-shaped floor plan, interrupted by vertical structural elements and scattered ventilation “patiejos.” However, creative ideas emerged as the project expanded to include adjoining spaces, allowing for a street-facing facade and an outdoor terrace.

Closeup partial view of modern light blue kitchen with concrete details

Triangular fluted panels in blue wrap the kitchen cabinets and island, standing out amidst the concrete details and grey epoxy resin floors. The paneling continues through the dining room and down the hallway following the new design’s new curves.

angled view of modern light blue kitchen with concrete details

side view of modern light blue kitchen with concrete details

side view of modern light blue kitchen with concrete details

overall interior view of modern industrial apartment with light blue kitchen, minimalist living room, and concrete details

angled view of modern light blue kitchen with concrete details

The incorporation of the curve served a dual purpose. Firstly, it allowed for continuous spaces, promoting flexibility in usage and eliminating the need for unnecessary corridors. Secondly, it cleverly concealed the scattered ventilation “patiejos,” making use of the hidden spaces for required services and storage. Also living behind the curved walls is the laundry and bathroom.

partial interior view of curved fluted blue structure that's part kitchen and divides it with the dining room

The defining element of Burgatoi is the introduction of a soft curve that shapes the interior spaces, forming a separation between public and private rooms. This continuous, fluted blue wall adds fluidity to the layout and replaces traditional compartmentalized forms, aligning with Le Corbusier’s architectural promenade concept.

interior view of modern dining room with colorful pendant lights, wood table, and yellow chairs

interior view of modern dining room with colorful pendant lights, wood table, and yellow chairs

Following the curved wall from the kitchen into the dining room nook, the color continues with two sunshine yellow dining chairs and a trio of Junit pendants by Schneid.

interior view of modern dining room with colorful pendant lights, wood table, and yellow chairs with blue wall behind

interior view of modern dining room with colorful pendant lights, wood table, and yellow chairs

interior view of modern minimalist industrial living room with beige modular sofa

angled view of small bathroom with navy blue tiles

In the bathroom hiding behind the curved wall, dark graphite tiles with specks of confetti-like colors line the floor and shower walls with bright blue shower fixtures that pop.

view in dark speckled black tiled shower with bright blue fixtures

curved hallway view with blue fluted walls looking into kid's room

curved hallway with blue fluted wall

modern bedroom with built-in bed with mattress inset

The hallway, or architectural promenade, of Burgatoi culminates in the primary bedroom, emphasizing the transition from the expansive daytime area to the private nighttime zone. The bedroom seamlessly combines different elements, such as an open, step down bathtub/shower, table, dressing room, and bed, creating a visually cohesive space.

modern bedroom with built-in bed with mattress inset

modern bedroom with built-in bed with mattress inset

view into open bathroom with dark blue glossy tile and red shelf

Glossy, ocean blue tiles make the open primary bathroom shine in the neutral bedroom surrounding it.

view into open bathroom in modern bedroom with dark blue glossy tile and red shelf

view into open bathroom with dark blue glossy tile and red shelf

interior view of open modern bedroom

view of open minimalist beige shower tub combo

Photography by Erlantz Biderbost.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *