By Pari Syal Photography: Toshiyuki Yano; courtesy Airhouse Design Office |
When your ‘passion’ becomes a seamless part of your lifestyle, your interiors become bohemian and you become as much an amused spectator as a zealous participant.
It takes guts to alter one’s space and actually make less room than what earlier was; while it takes spunk to exhibit one’s vanity! Ar. Keiichi Kiriyama of Airhouse Design Office has accomplished both for a lady client, who has the penchant for ‘storing clothes’ and ‘displaying’ her new buys.
Segmentally divided bedrooms, living and utility areas of the 40-year old apartment have been refurbished along an absolutely off-beat, abstract spatial layout, where the clothes closet dominates and forms the fulcrum of the redesign.
The 114 sq. m. home built in reinforced concrete has been refurbished to brandish a raw geniality as it forms a concrete shell backdrop against which are positioned functional kitchen dining, living and sleeping; and the more intriguing mini fashion street that shows off the array of fashionable clothing.
The large walk-in closet called a ‘dress room’ occupies centre-stage of the new plan and incorporates the washroom, shower etc within its fold. The room functions as a passage as well as a display storage and a hide-away storage, and the space continuously changes depending on the situation or season.
Fashion blends into life, and the space becomes the mood barometer of the client depending on seasonal changes in the wardrobe. “The project has been nothing short of a serious study into construction of spaces through re-examination of the conventional ideas of clothing storage,” informs the architect. The home is located in Nagoya city, Japan.
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