In an era where living spaces are often shrinking and the need for flexible design becomes more crucial, the "Vivienda Extensible" by Laynez Architects emerges as an embodiment of innovative adaptability.
Nested in a multi-family housing complex, this particular apartment serves as a vivid demonstration of how a concise 28m2 space can be both functionally maximized and aesthetically pleasing.
The task at hand was to move away from the conventional, often restrictive subdivisions that can make smaller spaces feel even more confined. Laynez Architects approached this challenge head-on, doing away with the original subdivided rooms to unveil a more expansive, singular living space. Within this rejuvenated space, three elements stand out, each serving a unique purpose: the shower, the bedroom, and the kitchen.
These areas, rather than being independent units, are interconnected through a shared geometry. This intricate design not only establishes a unified aesthetic but also ensures an intuitive transition between different functionalities. An example of this can be seen in the shower’s design. When not in use, its space seamlessly becomes an extension of both the living room and the kitchen, maximizing utility and minimizing waste.
Central to the apartment's design is the shower. Fashioned from wood and resting on a triangular base, this free-standing curved construct doubles as both a functional shower and a captivating design centerpiece. Its distinct form and ability to be detached from the ceiling make room for easy spatial reconfigurations.
Flanking the shower is the bedroom, envisioned as a square wooden mezzanine hanging from the ceiling. This ingenious design creates two distinct areas: a lofted sleeping space and a comfortable living room below, with the space underneath flowing seamlessly with the rest of the apartment. Lastly, the kitchen area is defined by a triangular dining table set against the shower's curved wall, accompanied by a versatile mobile kitchen on wheels. This adaptability emphasizes the overarching theme of the apartment: fluidity and interchangeable spaces.