By : wadeindia | 06 Apr 2017 | Recent projects
Renovation of a compact space
Client’s Brief –
Redesign of an old apartment in a 40 years old building for a young couple and their teenage sons. To create the effect of a modern house with sufficient areas to entertain guests. The overall ambiance was to ensure that the experience of the user would overshadow the size and age of the apartment. This was planned as an abode for a period of 7-10 years.
Design Approach –
A complete visual deconstruction of the defined spaces was necessary within the structural and legal constraints. The entrance was relocated allowing a much better use of the necessary circulation passages to be incorporated into usable areas. All utility was planned on the periphery to enable freeing of central areas for major activities. Material to be used was of the highest grade to reflect the sophistication desired. Electrical and utilities were planned to minimize intrusion into usable spaces. All furniture was flexible and could be moved to accommodate various usage scenarios. Only one type of flooring material was used throughout the entire house. This created the effect of all spaces seamlessly merging into one another visually while at the same time the furniture and lighting keeping segregation of activity intact. The main space is the seamless merging of the living area, dining area, study and family seating with colors and textures used to separate activities while material usage establishes the continuity. Storage was designed to fit into spaces that are under seating areas and with large drawers as part of the beds. The children’s beds are single bed provide with a rail that easily aligns these beds when used as a joined to convert to one large bed.
Materials and Sensitivity –
Italian Rose marble was used for entire flooring. Outdoor areas were finished with Shahbad stone for verandah and design tiles for cladding. All windows are using heat resistant glass. Internal ambiance achieved using the combination of natural veneers with selective use of textures juxtaposed with fresh fabric and natural polished wood furniture. Extensive use of new age hardware to facilitate furniture and spatial flexibility.
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