Architecture studio Absence has renovated a 40 sqm flat located in the cramped concrete jungle of Hong Kong. The owner of the apartment requested a complete redesign, that can accommodate his family of three, with multiple layouts and ample amount of storage space, and the design studio surprised the owners and everyone else with smart creativity and functionality they provided.
The design aims to keep the living room large and plain while bringing in natural elements to create a relaxed and calm environment. Rattan was chosen as the key material for the living room to make it welcoming and cozy. Rattan is used on cupboard doors, with the porosity and light color softening the interior’s existence. The result is a simple, airy and comfortable environment.
During the apartment design the transformative feature was only kept to the single most obstructive group of items in the living room – dining table and chairs. They are tucked inside a cupboard and are pulled out when in use, and this helps create one big space where the child of the family can play around.
Storage space was one of the major concerns of the client, who kept asking for more as the design process went on. Responding to the owner’s demands, the architects raised the kid’s room in order to create a void below it, that can serve as storage space. In the entrance of the child’s room, steps are placed that double up as seating. A set of large cupboards is set in the living room next to the entrance door. These help create a portal for the main entrance which makes the perfect space for one to wear shoes and check his/her outfit before heading out. Take a look at the pics and just imagine how functional even a tiny flat can be!