A one-bedroom pre-war walk-up apartment in the West Village was configured as any expected one-bedroom apartment of those times should be. It had a proper kitchen, dining room, small bathroom and bedroom squeezed into a modest 500 square foot space. Our clients, a young professional couple, this antiquated division of rooms was not necessary for their expectations and lifestyle.
A creative redistribution of the spaces centered around a ?living wall? that houses living and work utilities: the kitchen, storage, library shelves and bedroom. The wall encased what was formerly the former kitchen which was unnecessarily tucked away in the quietest spot of the apartment ? and that now perfectly encloses the bedroom. The function of the kitchen is now instead on the perimeter of the wall in a more active and social area of the apartment. The wall also allowed the living area to open fully to take advantage of the wall of exterior windows. The function of the living wall and new living area also allows opportunities in the compact space for a transformable working area as needed for the clients to work from home.