Houzz Tour: A Four-room Flat Becomes an Airy, Open-plan Home
Tearing down all the walls is a bold move, but this 46 sq m flat’s new layout is a better fit for its owners
They already knew architect Takeshi Hamada of Hamada Design by sight, as he and the couple spend a lot of time at the same stores. When they looked him up online, they really liked his style, and sent him an inquiry right away. That’s when the renovation took off.
“The couple have exquisite taste, and they already had plenty of lovely accessories,” he says. “So I thought, ‘Why not just paint the walls white, cover the floor with concrete and let them fill the space as they like?’ Moreover, there were areas they barely used, such as the traditional 4.5-tatami [7.4 sq m] Japanese-style room. The space was not being used efficiently, so I knew it would be better to get rid of the walls.”
A single step separates the entrance hall from the rest of the room, which has the same concrete finish on the floor. The studio contains the kitchen, dining area, bed and study, all subtly separated by basswood furniture.
Now, when one of the owners is in the kitchen, the other can feel their presence even from the bedroom. This creates a subtle connection and allows them to always be aware of one another.
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This fashionable couple needed a lot of room for their things. To prevent disorder in the small space, Takeshi made sure he worked lots of storage into his plan.
The fridge originally stood beside the kitchen, but moving it away and covering it with basswood boards gave it a neater appearance.
The day curtains are made of translucent fabric that makes the room feel connected to the outside, even when they’re fully drawn. Even the air conditioner, which in many homes sticks out like a sore thumb, serves as a colourful accent.
The owners tell us that turning the flat into a studio has made it much more comfortable, with better light and air flow. The space is now much more in sync with the rhythm of their lives.
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