Teresa Sapey Brings Gio Ponti Geometrics Inside a Madrid Parking Garage
Madame Parking. It’s not the sexiest nickname, but it was given to Teresa Sapey by none other than Jean Nouvel, after she designed the garage beneath his Hotel Puerta América in Madrid. The vivid, artistic space resulted in the architect receiving myriad car-park commissions throughout Spain. Her latest, for a luxury condominium building also in Madrid, was inspired by an icon from her native Italy: Gio Ponti. But there’s a twist. Since the project came through the building’s real estate developer, who’s Venezuelan, Sapey chose to channel Ponti through the lens of two residences he designed in 1950’s Caracas. “It’s a tribute to the South American, free-form flavor of those houses,” Sapey says of the three-level, 16,000-square-foot garage painted with playful geometrics in caliente colors.