“If one takes architecture as the expression of an individual life, one starts at the centre rather than at the face, asking what space is created rather than what plot is filled. Places thoroughly lived in become internalised in a series of adjustments until they represent a person to herself” Robert Harbison – Eccentric Spaces
Compact living spaces as a typology tend to follow one of two directions. The first is to produce a compressed form of more generous varieties; taking the diagram of a one-bedroom flat for example and compressing it down, shaving off every inch of generosity while still providing the requisite list of spaces - kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, entrance hall, etc. The second is to follow design innovations from yacht design or mobile homes, where gadgets like folding walls or sliding furniture allow a single space to transform dynamically to suit different functions.
With this studio, we have tried to take a more narrative approach. Rather than meeting a list of functional requirements with the creation of rooms or gadgets, we have tried to imagine different activities that can take place, and how a single elegant room with no particular use, supported by a set of specific ancillary spaces, can make for a sense of generosity and freedom within a very compact apartment.