When Karen Matz was initial present the HB6B Apartment in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden, she was surprised that in such a high demand area for living room, an apartment in the middle of an 80s renovation was frozen in time and used for nothing much more then storing furnishings. The unique house owner had begun the renovation ahead of becoming sick and so it sat right up until now. A gem in the middle of the city with wallpaper half eliminated and only a wall faucet and a number of tiles pointing the way to the kitchen. Luckily there was no electrical energy, otherwise lit up the apartment would have looked worse then it previously did. Despite the fact that amazingly tiny at only 36sqm (just above 380sqft) and in a state of obvious disrepair, Karen Matz was fired up to take on the project not only because of the shortage of residing area inside of the region, but also individuals gorgeous views outdoors the windows and the story that came with the apartment. Karen’;s imaginative remedies to tiny space living and her wish to retain some of the authentic background resulted in multi practical spaces with the 2 present day and historical references.
The apartment opens to a small hallway with an exposed closet on the left and the bathroom door, clad in cork on the right. From there it leads into the open notion residing space that includes a glass panel inside of the bed platform overlooking the residing, dining and kitchen areas. It really is a present day moment on top of pale wood cabinetry and surrounded by the aged and patina’;d walls that were left to tell the tale of the earlier proprietor, significantly the same way antique collectors prefer to depart coffee or tea rings and dents on furnishings.
Gluing a sheet of cork onto the bathroom door generates a area for the occupant to pin up pictures, notes and mementos at whim, its an easy DIY notion that can be replicated in extremely minor time.
The bathroom is a teeny small room so functionality of space was a best priority. Recessed shelves where constructed into the wall above the sink and toilet and a row of hooks was put in on the opposite wall. This element of the bathroom was reduced to its minimum limits and opens up on the other finish to the shower.
To allow all-natural light into the bathroom, the shower has been fitted with an operable glass window that opens to the residing room. This also implies that the bathroom can be accessed from 2 areas
Both shower accesses are by way of openings one particular foot off the ground to contain the water and quit it from spilling into the connecting zones. Even though the way into the residing area is an operable window, the one to the sink and toilet area is a glass totally free opening.
The brilliant emerald green subway tiles utilised in the shower stall generate a splash of shiny colour inside the living zone – in full contrast to the neutral palette of heavily patina’;d plaster walls. The contrast continues the complex story that the designer hoped to hold alive.
As architect and designer, Karen Matz needed to leave the majority of the surfaces the identical as they had been for final few decades. One of the approaches she did this was to only fill the holes in the walls and remove the loose wallpaper and paint without having opening them up to do the rewiring the apartment desperately needed. She was in a position to accomplish this by mounting the new electrical cables and shops on the outside of the walls – totally exposed.
Even though the bulk of the furnishings are neutral, an emerald green dining table was picked to tie in with the view of the shower tiles and because the dining area overlooks the water vistas, the table also creates a connection to the natural landscape past.
The dining space is tucked into the corner among the kitchen and residing room and the 3 zones complete the floor area inside the open region even though an further zone – the bedroom – is positioned exactly where a kitchen island would generally be positioned – only a minor greater up.
At only 36sqm it was never ever going to be a conventional place for the bedroom so Karen made a decision to push unconventionality as far as she could go and the last consequence is the 2 clever and unique. Positioned midway amongst the floor and the ceiling, the bedroom closet fills the area beneath the bed with shelves on one particular side and a hanging rod on the other. A gap in between the bed platform and the shelving generates the 2 a tabletop and a foot rest just before climbing into the bed over and to hold the room from feeling claustrophobic but nevertheless risk-free, Karen set up a glass panel on the kitchen side of the platform. Brilliant.
The platform is huge adequate to develop a table surface all the way around the bed, creating it an effortless area to depart a book, magazine, cup of coffee or midnight snack. A wall-mounted light keeps the room functional soon after dark and recessed shelving in the wall behind it signifies the occupant can keep a multitude of things – even music given that there is an outlet inside of one particular of the shelves.
The kitchen does not blink an eye with the infringing bedroom over, in fact the bed platform has been fitted with recessed cabinets on the kitchen side that are completed in the exact same pale wood as the rest of the cabinetry. And the area between the recessed cabinets and the reduce cabinets has been filled with open shelving to tie in with the open shelves on each sides of the outside perimeter. The counter best open shelves have been fitted with a mirror on their finish panel, making the best area for the occupant to get themselves ready in the morning following climbing out of their bed.
Proper from the front door and all by means of the zones, functionality has been exploited in an “outside the box” type of way that harmonizes flawlessly with the decades of patina that has not only been saved, but also celebrated.
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