Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
CITY VIEW HOUSE by RUSSIAN FOR FISH
October 24th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: RUSSIAN FOR FISH
Pereend’Avoine of RUSSIAN FOR FISH and Mathew Witts, also an architect, bought 107 in 2010. Although the plan was flawed, with a limited amount of natural light, the studio had great potential. The space is 84 sq.m, nearly 3.5 metres tall and 11 metres deep.
The flat was long and thin, and lit almost entirely by two large windows on the western elevation.The living space was open plan: Its western third was used as a kitchen and living room; the rest of the flat was split along its length.One side was a dining room, the other walled off to form a bathroom and dressing room with a sleeping platform above. The platform was only large enough for a mattress and accessible by ladder.
Anew window was inserted into the east wall and the kitchen was relocated beneath it to create a dual aspect living space. This allowed for a spacious bedroom to be located to the western end of the apartment next to the original windows. Full height double doors allow the bedroom to be closed off for privacy. The existing bathroom was subdivided, creating a new master en suite, and a guest WC. A new corridor behind the bathrooms creates a spacious dressing room. The mezzanine was extended and the ladder replaced with a staircase. A low-level wall around the additional sleeping area affords it some privacy.
A dark timber floor had been laid throughout the apartment by the former owner. This exaggerated the gloominess of the studio, particularly at the windowless east end, which resulted in its use being very restricted.
A bold chequer board pattern has been painted across the existing timber floor. This has unified and lightened the space, making the most of the existing wooden floor, which could not be replaced within budget, and building on the character of the existing apartment. The diagonal lines generated by the chequer board floor create the elusion of width.
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