After living for ten years on a boat, the couple that owns this apartment wanted to have the largest storage capacity possible. Based on the design of ships where every inch has a specific use we proposed a massive piece of furniture, which occupies a whole side of the apartment. This piece of furniture allows the placement of services within it, storage for the owners' things and can even fit a small office space.
The apartment is configured as a single space; it contains a kitchen that is the heart of the project, one room and a social area. All the spaces are linked through the large piece of furniture that covers the side of the apartment. Wood is the predominant element of the work as it evokes the idea of an old ship and creates a sense of shelter and warmth to the living space. Concrete found on the floor and the ceiling creates contrast through the cold tones it has. Air and light enter the space through a single large window. The divisions between the spaces were made at half height with translucent glass in order to allow the light to cross but preventing vision from one area to another.
When the large piece of furniture is closed it seems to be a wood covered wall hiding everything from the sight of the people. When the doors are opened the spaces and storage areas are revealed to the observer. As architects we are interested in the surprise factor as a key element of design. Even a large piece of furniture can become architecture when we play with the elements left between its elements, in this case habitable emptiness.
In the world of architecture and construction people refer to the value of a square meters, however this is a two dimensional concept that applies to flat elements. We believe in the value of cubic meters, which represent three dimensions, and therefore the concept of spatiality. Having this in mind we design every detail of the apartment thinking of it as the creation of the whole.