in bandra, a once leafy suburb of mumbai city, architecture brio has renovated a 7th floor apartment with an adaptable and open arrangement.
measuring just 80 square meters, the scheme forms comfortable living accommodation for a couple and their 5-year-old daughter. by removing dispensable walls between rooms and replacing them with objects, valuable space has been optimized, while essential electrical connections and plumbing fixtures have been integrated into the cupboards and wardrobes. subsequently, the materialization of each partition responds to its insulating, waterproofing, maintenance and tactile requirements.
objects are divided into categories depending on their frequency of use. for example, loose furniture pieces are kept to a minimum to increase open floor space in the apartment, while objects that are used every day are allocated a specific space that can be closed when not in use. in this way, the home is continually restructured, expanded, fragmented, connected or isolated.
to maximize space, activities overlap in semi-defined zones: a verandah becomes a shower, and a terrace becomes a dining room. the kitchen is designed to merge with the living room. while a typical two bedroom apartment in this context has two attached bathrooms and a common toilet, space is saved by positioning one accessible bathroom between the two bedrooms. a rain shower with a view, a shaving sink, and a vanity cabinet with full length mirror are dispersed to specific locations in the bedroom which, when closed, completely disappear.
in general, the interiors are embellished with a subtle collection of textures and materials. each utility core is made from either stained birch plywood, natural stained white oak or an epoxy cement finish. the layout of the apartment allows its inhabitants to navigate the house in multiple ways. each room has at least two ways to go to another, giving the illusion that there are more rooms than there actually are.