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The store that became an apartment: a loft with great ideas

Is it possible in a small and narrow spaceto place a kitchen, a living room, two working areas and a bedroom? Today we will visit a small Italian apartment that used to be a real shop. The apartment, which will be discussed today, is located in the business and cultural center of northern Italy - Turin. It's hard to believe, but on the site of this cozy mini-loft, according to the law of style, there used to be a store. The specialists of the R3architetti Bureau have converted it into a residential apartment. The imposing height of the premises made it possible to create a cozy and functional loft with hidden storage systems. Let's see what tricks this Italian interior hides, what was used here instead of furniture and where the kitchen was hidden.

Functional zones

Beneficial use of space was possible due tohigh ceiling. This allowed to divide the room into several levels. In the lower part there is a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room with a small work area. At the top level, they took out a study and a bedroom. The connecting link between the levels is a ladder without railings. This design raises some concerns about security, but this model has created an illusion of airiness. In addition, there lives a young man, he is not afraid to walk on such a ladder. On the second floor there are two zones - working and sleeping. They are separated from one another by means of a curtain wall, made of a dense fabric. The bed, made to order, is equipped with spacious drawers for storage of things and bed linen.

Daylight and electricity

The owner of the premises, apparently, is building a career insphere of illumination. Perhaps he is a successful manager of a company that produces unusual lamp models. He has a lot of literature related to this area. The project was developed taking into account his wishes and, of course, with the use of design techniques. So, it was a rational decision to hang a hanging lamp not in the center of the room, but closer to the wall. This technique is well used in narrow spaces, it helps to balance the space. The most useful were able to use daylight. Since one window is in the bathroom, it was appropriate to make a translucent partition so that the kitchen area was not too dark. The white color, in which the old brick walls are painted, most successfully blended into a narrow room with such lighting.

Hidden storage systems and furniture

At first it seems that there is absolutely no mini loftplaces for storage systems, they are not visible here, all because they were able to skillfully disguise. For example, part of the kitchen was hidden behind a roll curtain. This is convenient because there is no sense of clutter. And from superfluous eyes all superfluous is hidden, especially when visitors have appeared. By the way, for them there is a living area on a small podium. Instead of traditional armchairs or pouffes there are small decorative bags. Under the podium hidden drawers. Open shelves in niches - an excellent solution for a narrow room. Also as storage systems, modular furniture is used. This is a great way to rationally organize storage. When you look at this apartment there is no sense of chaos and clutter, and all thanks to skilfully organized storage systems and competent allocation of zones. r3architetti.com

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