How To Live Large In A 46 Sqm Apartment By JPDA:
Living and working in under 500 square feet, the client had been pushing the limits of what his apartment would accommodate in its current configuration. Before the last decade’s boom, he’d purchased the studio in 1999 and wasn’t anxious to move. But the apartment was jam-packed between his office needs and his many toys and quirky art pieces, and nothing had a place. After walking the space with the client, observing, and listening, JPDA established some clear design objectives for the remodel.
The first was to get rid of the clutter. This meant storage – and lots of it. The second was to define and organize the functional spaces for cooking, cleaning, dressing, and sleeping, lending visual clarity to the environment. The third was to make it more “grown-up.” A restrained, minimal palette would help make the tiny home an inviting retreat from the city below. The solution was ultimately about exploiting every opportunity for storage and combining those spaces and the kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping loft into an intricately sculpted wood-paneled central service core.
The space outside the core area would remain as flexible as possible, and all surfaces and cabinetry would be finished in a high-gloss white to emphasize their adaptability. Millwork was installed over the entire east wall and concealed with no visible hardware. A walk-in closet was created by meticulously detailing the sleeping loft to create the necessary clearance for Michael’s 6’-2″ head height. The result is a highly efficient, flexible living space that reorganizes the modest floor plan to accommodate the space demands of both the client’s professional work and personal lifestyle. The finished apartment feels airy, open, and personal.
Photos by: East Village Studio
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