Architecture should speak
of its time and place,
but yearn for timelessness.
Building Location: Sandymount, Dublin 4
Description: Apartment remodelling, refubishment and rennovation
The project involved the remodelling and refurbishment of a small (36.sq.m), one bedroom apartment in Sandymount, Dublin 4.
The design offers flexibility; useable space is maximised with the removal of the existing partition wall between kitchen and living room to provide open plan kitchen / living / dining accommodation. The incorporation of dual purpose / space saving furniture enhances the versatility of this space with a sofa bed providing the perfect sleeping accommodation for guests and a drop leaf dining table for use when entertaining or working (when either partially or fully extended). Wall hung cabinets provide additional storage when needed.
The kitchen and bathroom are products of a simple design that harmonises with the overall contemporary style of the apartment. The inclusion of a breakfast bar delineates the kitchen and living areas without compromising visual continuity and connectivity within this open plan space. The removal of the existing bath, its replacement with a walk in shower and the installation of wall hung sanitary fittings make best use of the space.
Painting the walls and ceiling white, the use of high gloss white finish to the kitchen units, the mirrored splash back, mirrored sliding doors to hallway cupboards and bedroom wardrobe all serve to visually increase the space and light within the apartment; the use of white oak parquet flooring contributing warmth and continuity throughout.
The relationship between the hallway and the kitchen / living / dining area is achieved using a single glazed panelled door which admits maximum daylight into the hallway area. Though some of the elements of the original space were preserved, such as the stud partitions between the bathroom and hall, also between the private night time / bedroom and daytime spaces, new materials transformed the character of the space by giving it a contemporary image. The modern furniture selected such as the Perspex chairs and glass coffee table together with the colourful abstract artwork further complement the atmosphere.