The apartment is in a 90s-residential district in Kunming, Yunnan Province. Many years ago, the developer opened 2 standard unit layer to create a loft apartment, although the indoor area is very large, but the layout of the house is extremely unreasonable, many building and construction problems have been left behind. Designers aim to create a modern indoor space for a family of three generations to enjoy a comfortable life.
原状平面图 Original Floorplans
The kitchen and the dining room in 1F are very small for the house. There are many rooms but very cramped.
The terrace in 2F is large but there is too much gray space between indoor space and the terrace
Left: Open the upper floor of the living room floor to create the double height space
Upper right: Corridor from indoor space to the terrace, narrow and unable to use, and the water pipes and water pumps on the terrace could be seen.
Lower right: Stairwell, leaving half a pillar in the stairwell.
改造后的平面 Floorplans after Transformation
1F: Open the wall between the kitchen and the dining room to enlarge the kitchen, and remove part of the toilet to expand the dining room. The bedrooms are connected into one room, and a storage room is created by the staircase.
2F: Create the teahouse by the terrace and build the study at the staircase side.
入口和餐厅 Entrance and dining room
The restaurant and kitchen are connected to make the whole space looks more open, and it also improved the indoor daylight. The table is a flexible furniture, with a normal width of 1.5m to meet five people in a family’s needs to use, and could also be expand to 1.8m wide for party.
Through careful analysis of customer’s needs and lifestyles, the kitchen has been reserved lots of room for home cooking, and space for old home appliances and kitchen ware. Because the old aluminum alloy windows have cracked, heat and sound insulation is very poor, so the external windows of the entire house are replaced with a new double glazing windows.
While maintaining the openness of the living space, the living room brings together all the functional requirements in a small, concentrated space, creating a powerful result–high space, attractive terraces and large windows, and outdoor landscapes. The house only use ceiling for the kitchen and the toilet, and the rest of the house retain the beam and column and painted them white and used gray finishes for the roof to strengthen frame structure of the old house.
楼梯间和过道 Staircase and corridor
Design language is modest and simple: the layout of the space is clear and readable, fits the needs of customers.
The materials lead by gray wall tiles and floor tiles give the bathroom a sense of order, emphasizing the elements of the combination. The ware chosen by the designer is also an inseparable part of the whole design.
The use of the same wood color material makes the floor, corners and other details in the space have a strong contrast.
过道空间 Corridor space
Transparent corridor space connects both inside and outside, large open windows bring the outdoor environment into the interior form the terrace, and the green planting embellishment creates a feeling of internal and external intermediation.
茶室(新加盖部分)Teahouse(Newly built part)
The study was raised one step higher and was separated by the showcase and the living room, using a half-open state to show a sense of a half public space. The teahouse has an outdoor tea table which is convenient to move to the terrace at any time.
The terrace uses antiseptic wood flooring and reserves space for water pipes on the roof, and two old concrete pumps are fitted with a new half transparent block, with spotlights for lighting at night. The exterior wall of the terrace is painted with a simple grey waterproof coating, which is matched with an antiseptic wood and interacts with the indoor space.