In a city like Stockholm with an enormous housing shortage and with every square meter increasing in price by the minute, this story was somehow impossible to understand and resist.
When the apartment on Heleneborgsgatan in Stockholm, Sweden was for sale in 2012 it had been used as furniture storage for 30 years. The previous owner had begun a renovation in the1980s but fell ill and the apartment was left untouched until his death. Time had been frozen; the wallpaper was half removed, only a few tiles and a kitchen faucet were sticking out of a wall, there was no electricity, and a bathroom had only signs of rats as inhabitants.
The finished apartment is a result of a fascination with this; an attempt to let the previous layers and stories of a space live on and at the same time fill the requirements for the new story that will take place.
The apartment is 387 square feet and the goal was to fit in everything desired by the occupant, including generous spaces, an airy sensation, a walk-in closet, appliances for everyday life, a large luxury shower / bath, different possibilities of movement, and a space which could be divided as necessary. Finally it had to be light and inexpensive.
The result is an apartment divided into two parts. One where everything is part of one structure, which is based on the Ikea kitchen units. Everything in this part is completely redone with electricity inside the walls and with all surfaces painted white in order to bring in and reflect light. Here, all the functions are squeezed in on top of, in-between, underneath, and inside each other. The bedroom, kitchen, wardrobe, and storage are all one. The second part is left with things freestanding with all surfaces more or less as they have been for the last 20 years. The holes in the walls have been filled in, loose wallpaper and paint taken down, and electrical cables and outlets have been added running on the outside of the walls. The bathroom becomes the connection between the two parts.