Following the Design brief, we tried to implement as many of your wishes and provided ideas as we could. We wanted to improve the overall functionality of your apartment, and make it more suitable for daily lives of 5 people. The goal, aside from the listed issues, was to provide a better flow of the layout and connect the rooms in a more approachable manner. The aesthetic approach was minimalistic, because we aimed toward Feng Shui positive space, free of clutter and spatial obstacles. In terms of furniture placement, review drawing #1b in combination with a furnishing list provided in Excell.
In terms of structural remodeling, we mostly remodeled areas around the Living/Film room, as it is shown in the drawing #2b. In terms of materials, we kept the original terrazzo floor, but we have removed all the tiles in the kitchen and the bathroom, as well as the ceiling moldings which were dragging the ceiling down. We reconnected the kitchen and the bathroom toward the central plan of the apartment, for a better airflow and ventilation, in a fashion which seemed to be less obstructive in terms of space. Also, entrances into the children rooms were displaced, which provided us with the needed space for the Family/Film room.
In the entrance part of the apartment, we installed a sliding door for the storage unit, with a mounted full length mirror. Conventional door seemed to be conflicting with entrance door, especially if you are to keep the entrance door open most of the time (as you’ve explained in the brief).
The Dining room features the convertible pool/dining table, and we have reused the chairs which were shown in existing furniture photographs. The table provides enough of space to comfortable sit 8 people, and it fit into the overall layout with the additional 4’ of space around required for the pool table. Although you have expressed a wish not to have carpets or rugs, we have set-up a rug underneath the pool table, in order to protect the terrazzo. Bouncing pool-balls can damage surfaces such as tiles, terrazzo, stone and alike. The lightning fixtures we would advise you to use are mounted, rather than hanging, as it was featured in 3D renderings.
Kitchen was divided into two units by a set of folding doors, as it was specified by you in the design brief. Since the bathroom entrance was moved, we now have a full wall of storage space out or disposal. The new entrance is more suitable when entertaining guests and hosting a dinner party, since it cuts down on the amount of steps you have to take in order to serve the table.
Living room/sofa area features 5 custom made pieces, which double-up as both the sitting furniture and storage units (see drawing #4). These units can be re-arranged in several layouts in order to accommodate guest entertaining, or casual film watching. The lightning was accomplished with LED strips, controlled by a dimmer switch, in order to be able to set-up the light according to the function of the room!
The balcony area was lifted to about 45cm in height (a height of a normal chair, as you have listed in your brief) or by 3 steps. The steps double up as drawers, so you can access the storage space underneath the platform. This area was walled off by a set of folding doors for more privacy when needed. We also managed to hide the drainage pipe, by planting a vine which grows around it.
Son’s bedroom is mostly white because of the existing furniture such as the desk and the Ikea shelves, with a single wall covered in a simple stripe wall-paper (see 3D renderings). The daughter’s bedroom is mostly done in teak (again due to pre-existing furniture) and pink. The only thing we were not able to incorporate was the existing Ikea shelf which doesn’t match the color scheme or the general layout of the room. Both beds double up as storage units as well, and both room were provided with a large wardrobe units (120cm per person, even though standards require us to place only 100cm in length for a single adult person). Master bedroom was done in gray tones, in combination with either lilac or lavender accessories, with a King sized bed, two sets of wardrobe closets (120cm each) and a smaller dresser. We re-used the existing teak nightstands, which were sanded down and re-varnished in gray!
With the bathrooms being the most challenging area of the apartment, we have chosen to enclose the exposed pipes in a 35cm wide and hollow enclosure, which serves as both the camouflage and storage space which can be accessed underneath sink or as shelves, as it was featured in 3D renderings and a detailed drawing #3.
It was a joy working on this project, and I wish you the best of luck on behalf of the LOT13 team. May you live a long and prosper lives in your new apartment.
head designer of Studio LOT13