This 40m² (430ft²) apartment was left unfinished since the end of the 1970s. 40 years later it was remodeled by our office for use as a guest apartment.
We defined two zones in the apartment based on the access to natural light. The zone at the back of the apartment had limited natural light. We unified it into an open plan entrance/dining/kitchen area to enhance the flow of natural light from the rest of the apartment and give the feeling of spaciousness. To demarcate the different functions, we contrasted the light white kitchen with black metal frame furniture in the entrance and dining area. The other zone, at the front of the apartment, had lots of natural light. We kept this space separated into two rooms, a living room and a bedroom. This was the zone where we used color to give a sense of depth and character. The wooden built-in furniture and the grey floor tiles are found throughout the apartment and give a feeling of continuity. As a reference to the 1970s, when the apartment was built, we kept the marble floor in the bathroom and part of the kitchen.
Architectural design and supervision of construction: