The main challenge during the renovation of this apartment was preserving the existing layout, and Xue Jin Architecture Network kept it as the owners wanted. The clients wanted the apartment to become more comfortable, more spacious as well as brighter and they wanted the kitchen and the bathroom to be relocated. They wanted the ventilation to be improved throughout the apartment.
To fulfill these requirements, the architects opened up the spaces by removing any partitions that weren’t load-bearing walls. They created a seamless transition between the entryway, the living room, the kitchen and the dining area. The wall that separates the living area from the balcony now also has a large circular hole cut into it, which is a pretty cool design feature and lets more light in.
In the living area, a custom-designed wall unit combines several different elements such as a sofa, a desk and a storage cabinet. It’s a hybrid piece which allows this space to be flexible and to serve multiple purposes, it was done to declutter the space and make it feel more spacious. Also, the balcony and the dining area are quirky spaces which let lots of natural into the apartment through the large windows but which also look and feel really cozy.
The sleeping area is a bit unusual too. Instead of creating two separate but very small bedrooms, the architects designed this large wooden platform able to incorporate two beds and plenty of storage underneath. As far as the new bathroom is concerned, it’s been relocated to where the kitchen used to be and has a tub embedded into a platform with a cozy built-in seating nook.
The decor is very minimal, with some wooden touches for a warm feel and raw concrete that adds industrial and textural strokes to the spaces.