Perhaps due to the unusual angles in the building’s floor typical floor plan, the original unit suffered from a feeling of being compartmentalized and disjointed and consisted of a series of unrelated spaces. It is interesting to look at the before and after plans in the Drawing section of this website to see the transformation through a few subtle but effective moves. A subtly curving wall follows the natural circulation path through the center of the unit and reduces what was previously a collection of three angled walls and a column to just one smooth flowing gesture. To further the process of reduction from the convoluted to the simple, a series of walls which previously enclosed the second bedroom and the den were eliminated in favor of a single free standing tongue and groove bamboo wrapped element which simultaneously houses the hvac unit and creates a built-in dining room bench with storage. A large aluminum and frosted glass sliding partition can easily be pulled from its pocket to closed and provide privacy for the second bedroom/office, while a built-in Murphy bed and flanking storage closets conceal a queen sized bed until needed.
Materials: bamboo tongue and groove flooring, ceramic tile floors, stained brush pine wood veneer cabinets and panels, limestone tile, natural quartz countertop, sandblasted glass panels, opaque white glass mosaic tiles.