I found this really interesting apartment white is unique in many ways, but stands out for one reason. The Bedroom hangs… It’s kind of odd, but I really like it. The owners wanted to maintain the great height while having a separate bedroom. Here is what DeZona Said about the apartment:
This former artist studio characterized by a difference in height which shares the volume from a simple to a fake double height (3.70 m under ceiling in the main room) had been originally marqued by a awkward mezzanine under which one couldn’t be up and had, to get on it, to pass through a small doorway managed into a separating wall existing between the 2 volumes.
First step the plan is freed from all occurrences. The matter is to work on a 50-sqm apartment in which the variety of orientations, volumes make possible unusual, uncommon living situations.
The restraint of the demand of the client to fit out an independent bedroom has been turned into an advantage by putting this intermediary room in a central position, straddling the two floor levels, disconnected from the floor. The bedroom becomes an islet in the heart of the apartment around which you can turn, experimenting different moods: up / down, below / above, on / under and revealing unseemly uses.
The bedroom, connoted as the archetype of privacy, intimacy, becomes an object of curiosity by transgressing his symbolic value, appearing like an anomaly. Open and visible from the entry, it stands for huge inhabited furniture. Facing the dining room, it can be used as a “bumrest” or a bench.
The bedroom as a hut in the middle of the flat
Suspended right in the center of the apartment, leaving untouched the floor and the circulations around, it divides the space, reversing the perception of the atmosphere in the apartment by making private what is usually not: the living room.
Wherever you stand below or above, it truncates the perception of the occupier’s bodies of which one only sees the legs sitting, crossing or walking around in the place.
The suspended bos is made of a metallic structure (section 40 x 40 mm) covered with wooden panels. The cube – as well as the floor, the walls and the ceiling, has been painted with a white polyurethane resin.
Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked. The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid. Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50’s Dinner to mind. I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out. The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.
The inside is laid out beautifully. I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf. The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package. The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.
One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water. For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water. When I lived in Australia every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray. The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose. This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here. Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.
Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:
Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation
So I just posted some other chairs the other day, I know, but I really liked these and being that I have been lounging on the beach all day, doing nothing, you’re gonna get what you are going to get. lol!
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For those of you who haven’t discovered stair porn, you are really missing out. If you haven’t, don’t worry its not what it sounds like 🙂 check it out here and these awesome storage ideas for below the stairs
Many of you read a week or two ago about REBURBIA, a contests about revising the way we live in suburbia. Many of you understand that we need to relocalize in order to sustain ourselves. The day of the 1400 mile salad needs to come to an end. Anyway, the contest has announced its top 20 submissions and you can vote on them. Check it out here