The architecture firm Absence has renovated a 40 m² apartment in the narrow concrete jungle of Hong Kong. The apartment owner requested a complete redesign that accommodates his family of three, with multiple layouts and plenty of storage space. The design studio surprised the owners and everyone else with intelligent creativity and functionality.
The design aims to keep the living room large and simple while bringing in natural elements to create a relaxed and calm environment. Rattan was chosen as the key material for the living room to make it welcoming and cozy. Rattan is used for cabinet doors, with the porosity and light color softening the existence of the interior space. The result is a simple, airy and comfortable environment.
While designing the apartment, the transformative feature was limited to only the most cumbersome group of items in the living room – dining table and chairs. They are stowed in a closet and pulled out during use. This creates a great space for the family child to play around with.
Storage was one of the main concerns of the client, who kept asking for more as the design process went on. In response to the owner’s requests, the architects raised the nursery to create a void underneath that could serve as storage space. In the entrance area of the children’s room there are steps that also serve as seating. A number of large closets are in the living room next to the front door. These help create a portal for the main entrance where you can wear shoes and check your outfit before you drive off. Take a look at the pictures and imagine how functional even a tiny apartment can be!