Remodeling a family apartment is one of the most complex tasks in an architect’s portfolio. The responsibility inherent in this task makes this type of project an attractive challenge. Even more when this remodeling involves intervening in spaces used daily and that can no longer respond to the current needs of its users. We must never forget that there are habits and deep-rooted memories that are sometimes difficult to abandon in order to embrace more efficient ways of living.
A room for 3
Initially the scope of the project was only to define a furniture layout for a better use of the space in two divisions of this two-bedroom apartment – the living room and a three-kid’s room.
When we visited the apartment, we realized that it made no sense to solve one of the main problem – lack of storage in the bedroom and the living room – without proposing a slightly deeper intervention that would alter the spatial layout.
The biggest challenge was undoubtedly to develop a bedroom with 13m² for three boys, aged between 5 and 8 years old, in which we should contemplate a wardrobe area, a study area, of course sleeping areas, for each one of them, and also a space to play.
In a room where everything is shared, it made sense to propose a layout that could define three individualized areas, and with the possibility of being personalized and respecting the identity of each of the boys. In order to put the three beds in an efficient and compact way, and as well to free up useful space in the room for the play activities, we had to remove the existing wardrobe. However, this decision allied to the furniture design, allowed in general to create more storage area than the existing one. This also permitted to add study and play areas, and endow the space with a playful and functional atmosphere.
Each boy has at his disposal two closet doors and drawers in his bed, as well as common storage areas over the study area. The corner that includes a bed and desk next to the window, was developed thinking of the older boy because it has already school homework’s and need more concentration than the youngest ones. By the window we developed a second study area. A space for the youngest boys, who will do the homework together when the time comes. The wooden panel in front of the desk allows them to place their designs and notes for the week. Laterally, a storage shelf is easily accessible.
The play area is spatially demarcated with the placement of a round rug, marking the activity center of the room. The wall opposite to the window was also highlighted, with the placement of a vinyl with abstract figuration of birds in the form of multi-colored origami, which aims to enhance freedom of expression.
In order to customize the space of each one, it was considered three distinct colors chosen by them, in order to identify the territory of each other. The color emerges dominantly in the bedding area, and more discreetly in notes on the furniture. With this participatory process, we helped the kids to feel they are part of the project!
Small interventions, conveniently planned, can make all the difference in the living experience, both aesthetically and functionally. This project proves this.
What we did:
- Interior Design, Furniture Design
- Oeiras, Portugal
Start / Conclusion:
- July / 2016 December
- 13 m²