Renovation for 50 m2 Apartment
In a residential complex of Bucartest, in Romania, is this 50 m2 apartment. Its owners relied on the experience and good work of the studio of Bogdan Ciocodeică & Diana Roşu to project and undertake a reform with the firm purpose of converting it into a house that combines aesthetics and functionality. To do this, it was essential to gain luminosity, because the lack of light creates dark environments and a feeling of little space, and maximize every square meter.
With a few meters it was necessary to optimize the same and for it reduced the compartments of the apartment to the strictly necessary. We eliminated passage zones to create a space as diaphanous as possible.
In the 50 m2 apartment it is more and more frequent to integrate the living room and the kitchen. Why not do it with other rooms too? In this case, glass doors are independent of the bedroom.
Another aspect to value is the height of the ceilings. There are many old houses that do have high ceilings, but when they do not, it is necessary to use resources to deceive the eye and achieve a higher optical illusion. Paint the ceiling in a lighter color than the walls; Opting for a wall lighting instead of lighting from the ceiling (avoids recessed lamps because the light distribution will be irregular and can make the ceiling look even lower), or dress the windows with long curtains as close to the ceiling as possible Some “tricks” to create a sense of height.
The bedroom was independent on the rest of the house through a metallic structure with glass panels that, in addition to being visually lighter than a partition, allows the passage of light from one space to another. The glass enclosure was accompanied by white curtains to give intimacy to the bedroom.
The glass walls serve to divide spaces, isolate from noise and smells, but without losing the visual connection between them. This type of partitions, very frequent in industrial-type lofts, are usually used to separate the bedroom from the common areas, but also to isolate the kitchen and prevent odors and fumes from reaching the living room or dining room.
The metal structure consists of two sliding doors to gain amplitude and take advantage of the space that is usually needed to open a conventional door.
The window and the cupboard front were dressed in white curtains the same as the ones that complete the glass enclosure. To create a higher-altitude feel, they were hung flush with the ceiling.
On the wall of the headboard was built a wall based on an interior substructure and an exterior wood cladding. The wall makes the shelf-times and is used to place books, pictures and other ornaments.
In the decor of the living room, a contemporary style with walls painted in dark blue, light wood furniture, a grey sofa and white brushstrokes was bet. The roof is of unfinished concrete, as in the rest of the house, which achieves an enveloping effect.
In the kitchen the salon’s aesthetic line was maintained (blue, white and clear wood) to create a certain visual continuity and thus gain a sense of amplitude. It was opted for an L distribution with the lower white furniture and clear wooden upper cabinets on one of the walls.
Coating soil and walls with the same tone is another solution to provide a sense of continuity. In this case, a plinth of pools beige was made in the basin area (a mini square model) and ceramic tiles in the tub. The rest was painted blue. The lack of storage areas can only be solved with a estrechita shelf that runs through the wall of the lavatory.
At the time of organizing the space, the architects planned to draw a comfortable and functional distribution since one enters the apartment until it goes to the bed, at night. Thus, the surface is divided very subtly in two areas: living room, dining room and kitchen to the left of the entrance door, and bedroom and bathroom to the right.