Where space is premium, functionality and aesthetics do not have to be sacrificed. This project takes advantage of the shape and proportions of the existing conditions and organizes the utilitarian spaces and components by pushing them to the perimeter. What is left is a clear open space.
The resulting product is a highly dense functional organism that incorporates the multi-functional features of the pyra-crates and movable integrated components of the interior architecture. The transformed envelope equally delivers spaces that are functional, spatially organized and sculptural.
It starts with the open plan. The open plan is unassuming and docile, but when transformed utilizing its integrated and ancilary components you have (5) highly functionally spaces;
A dining space that is comfortable for 12 people. The tables and chairs are made up of the pyra-crates. The kitchen remains functional with a prep area is hidden to guests entering the room. The cove lighting above creates a visually taller space perfect for any formal gathering.
An apartment designed for 2 people (couple), there is audio and a visual buffer between the sleeping and recreational area that is created by the ceiling panels that fold down to create a thin wall. An uplit coved ceiling is revealed when the ceiling panels fold down, giving the sleeping area a special visual feature. The recreational area can be converted to a secondary sleeping space.
A casual lounge space for 8 people is created below by taking advantage of the open plan and using the pyra-crates to create the lounge furniture. The pyra-crates function as coffee tables, chairs, sofa sectional pieces and end tables. The kitchen and shower are fully hidden with the roman-shade, and with the open plan many furniture arrangements are possible.
A work space is created taking the area dedicated for the 31" Mac monitor and concealing the keyboard and tray in the millwork cabinet below. The monitor is mounted to an articulating monitor mount and can be lowered for proper ergonomics. The (2) fold up tables used separately in the eat and sleep spaces are both layed down to form one flat work surface, revealing a magnetic board behind.
Based on the open space, the play space also utilizes the fold up tables, giving access to the rolling tool chest and plenty of open area to operate, dismantle and engineer.
the project integrates the latest smart technology of home Automation. With the recent released products from the CES convention. It is possible to control your home remotely and with a single user interface. Roomba and Scooba cleanings will be automated. Even the locking the front door can be performed through your smart phone. With the Cisco Umi, audio, video, lighting, window shade and entertainment controls at your fingertips the user is never far from home.
This tiny apartment is well situated in one of the most intriguing parts of New York City. The neighborhood combines the history of NYC along with the vibrant, young and progressive nature that continues to evolve the city. It�s close proximity to transportation, amenities and culture make it the ideal place for all the functions that were set forth in the project program.
Everything that can be, has been digitized, creating less use of paper and less waste. There is a rolling cart that is used for composting and recylcying. All materials used are sustainable with a focus on materials that have a minimal carbon footprint and have a developed cradle to cradle cycle. All energy use will be monitored highlighting each appliance and outlet. The use of smart technology wll be incorporated, so appliances are efficient and are not running unneccesarily when not in use or during times of high grid activity