Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos’ flexible renovation for Medialab-Prado is nicknamed The Thing (La Cosa). The project occupies the original walls of the mill, but the interior is made up of lightweight and durable materials that can be moved or recycled should the rooms need renovating again.
The largest modular element was inserted into the building’s courtyard. It scales three stories and is outfitted with translucent walls. At night the structure is illuminated by color-changing LED lights, which lend a warm glow to the open-air courtyard.
To tailor the interior, Langarita-Navarro brought in wooden boxes to help break up the spaces with small rooms and entryways. Rustic wooden benches and other furnishings were chosen to outfit each floor. By inserting new rooms and staircases into the Sawmill, Medialab-Prado transformed a historic building’s shell into a flexible, modern space suited for their client’s needs.
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