Burbucar Carwash by Lina Toro
Next time you find yourself in Madrid with a filthy car, go visit Burbucar on Costa Rica Street, a long established carwash which has been funkily transformed by local architect Lina Toro. Cyanaphobes, however, should probably avoid.
Almost every surface of the 70 m long tube-shaped space has been painted bright blue. This has the effect of highlighting industrial features such as ventilation ducts as well as showcasing the mechanical processes and the innovative waste water purification system. Patrons can observe the action from the comfort of the quirkily furnished VIP rooms, just follow the dotted black line on the floor.
This unusual makeover was completed within one month, without any business interruption. Perhaps they had help from the Smurfs.
Video courtesy of El Hijo Tonto
Shop the Style
We are feeling the blues. Luckily we found a blue Koki barstool from Desalto to perch on, which provides a great vantage point to admire the blue Lake rug from Golran and the Rememberme table from Casamania, made with blue jeans of course. Feeling brave? Then let's add the Bold chair from Moustache.
Lighting has got to be blue too. Let's start with the Escape suspension light and the Link floor light, both from LZF; then continue with the Moto light on the wall and the Cave light on the table, both from Moustache.
Interior accessories can feel the blue too. Just check out the blue Scrapwood wallpaper from NLXL, the blue flexible resin bowl from Corsi, the blue Neptuno dish from Diesel Living and, of course, a little blue Speedy Le Mans car.
When you're out and about don't forget to bring the blues with you. We love the Secrid RFID cardprotector, the Half Coil necklace from Eleanor Bolton, the Clubmaster Chrono watch from Briston and the Cent bag from Finell, all in bright blue of course.
Also in Quirky
Those of a certain age, swept up in a nostalgic wave for the 1980s and 1990s, would do well to collect the remarkable ceramic objects created by Osaka-based Toshiya Masada.
As evidence of the all-conquering power of words, multi-disciplinary artist Ravi Amar Zupa created a series of steampunk-esque sculptures of weapons made from old typewriter parts.