It's as they say; big things come in small packages. This series of seven apartments from Studiodare Architects exemplifies that notion. Given that space in densely populated cities like London is getting tighter and tighter, it comes as no surprise that both designers and architects are having to re-evaluate how they perceive space. The thought of one new apartment seems a stretch these days, but what about seven? Inside Eden Studios in Chiswick is where you will find a superb set of contemporary, spatially aware apartments that provide all the creature comforts of the 21st century—even a bit of outdoor space! This development was not without challenges, however, as you will soon find out below. Take a look…
The very first issue presented to the architects was the restrictions presented by planning authorities. Windows were prevented from being installed on three edges of the site, so the team was required to envisage creative ways to fill the house with light despite these rules. From the outside, the flat, brown brick exterior is reminiscent of many London apartment buildings, and definitely matches the vernacular of terraced homes in the area.
As you can see, space was at a premium inside these apartments. Despite this, it has not affected the overall feeling of openness. The neutral and breezy colour palette helps to open up the space, as does the clever arrangement of furniture and living zones. Furniture has been kept around the perimeter of the floor plan, meaning access and moveability around the space is fluid.
The small kitchen, which could be spied in the background of the previous image, feels light and airy even though it is restricted in dimensions. Clever storage solutions have been put in place to ensure the area remains clutter free and tidy, allowing the sleek white surfaces to bounce the available light. There's no heavy ornamentation or over the top details here, just functional, visually pleasing design.
The bedroom, thanks to its earthy, neutral colour palette has an aura of serenity and calm. The personality of the occupants is able to shine through in minor decorative elements here, evidenced through the travel related photography above the bed. In accordance with the other spaces, the decorative theme is simple and fresh, with the mirrored sidetables, despite their obvious practical use, disappearing seamlessly into the background. Elegant and graceful, this is definitely a scene that we'd be happy to retire to after a day in busy London.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we are privy to a view of the courtyard. For most living in the built up urban nature of London, an outdoor area such as this can either make or break your sanity. In this instance, each apartment has the luxury of its own terrace or private garden—what more could you possibly ask for?
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