This ground floor apartment, nestled behind a mature lush garden, was completely gutted and transformed into this modern environment. Measuring 85s.m. (915 sq ft), the apartment features custom architectural designs, the use of natural materials (such as travertine and wood), a bold grey paint contrasted with white, softened by natural light and highlighted with concealed and exposed LED lighting, plus some industrially inspired design elements.
The centerpiece to the home is made up of a curved kitchen ceiling that begins behind the wall cabinet and ends at the main feature of the space, a hanging bookcase with a concealed work desk. This is an interactive wall through which the interweave of the spaces takes place. The "erosion" of the massive volume is implemented through its openings leads to the "osmosis" of the public spaces of the apartment. The size of each opening depends on the degree of privacy required. For instance, from the perspective of the main entry looking in, the opening towards the bedroom side is smaller, (like the opening on the fortress wall), than the cutout optically connecting the kitchen to the main entry. The various cutouts, along with the different textures in material (white brick, grey lacquer) and lighting effects, create an architectural collage.
This custom design and site-built unit literally hangs from the ceiling and was constructed using metal square tubing and gypsum board. It functions as a space divider and features a double-sided bookcase and desk, which swings in to be tucked away or swings out to be opened for use. It also has "hidden" storage spaces, a completely flush built-in digital screen to play a slideshow of photos, a flat-screen LCD TV facing the kitchen and also conceals all the AV equipment for the multi-room sound system. As there are no legs for support, stools can also be stored underneath.