This building is called Ballina
it’s an Art Deco building
This apartment is 22 square meters
it’s always a Pierrot tear for some clients of ours
but to be able to rent it out for a short-term rental when they weren’t here.
When we first came to visit it.
The layout was completely different
It was really important for us
to retain all the original features of the apartment
but try to make a little bit more workable
we reduced the size of the bathroom
so that we could sneak a little kitchen into the entry area
and that way the kitchen would be away from the sleeping area
and tucked away
The kitchen was positioned at the front door
and was designed as a black element
that would almost disappear as you entered
even though it’s not very wide
the bench is quite deep so it’s quite useful
We were really confined by that dividing wall and this archway
and we really wanted to maintain all of those original features
So we looked at quite a few layouts
and it made the most sense to actually have the bed in the middle
and be able to access it from both sides
The wall along where the windows are actually had quite a few pipes and conduits
so we built it out slightly to make it all even
and then ended up with these lovely deep recesses.
We thought a lot about the best location to put a sofa
and we thought it was really important
to be able to sit back and look out of the windows
by having this joinery piece here
we separate the sleeping zone from the living space
and you just see over the top of the bed and
you can enjoy the view from the windows.
By elevating the bed platform
we could separate the living area from the sleeping area
It also meant that
that we could raise the floor to the bathroom
so all the plumbing could be reworked
without causing any inconvenience to any of the apartments below.
So we wanted the bathroom to be a really lovely experience
we thought it would be lovely to have a timber battened floor all the
way through the bathroom and we copied that onto the ceiling
and it gives you this beautiful smell like a sauna.
The idea with the mirror was that
the mirror creates a sense of depth
it reflects the light
and when you’re lying in bed
it also reflects the view.
Even though the apartment is so small
there’s a place for everything
little details that you might not necessarily think about in a big house
are really important here
Like the fold-out ironing board
We have a lot of wall hung floating units
so that you still get a sense of the whole footprint of the rooms
and give you a sense of more space
We’ve got the hidden lighting under the cabinets and above to create atmosphere.
We really loved the original Art Deco detail of the apartment
so everything that’s new has also been
given the same amount of attention to detail.
I think good design can have
a really positive impact on people’s lives
particularly in small spaces
good design is absolutely imperative in order to get the most out of a space
and to really feel comfortable in a space
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