Israeli architect Ranaan Stern has renovated an artist’s apartment to create a 15-square metre studio that accommodates living and working spaces, as well as storage and display areas for a collection of specific art objects.
The new project stresses the growing trend of micro apartments.
The 15-square metre studio is located inside a solid concrete building from the 1950s in central Tel Aviv, Israel's second-largest city. The challenge for the architects was to fit the necessary storage areasand living and working areas to meet the client’s needs given limited space.
"The artist creates and collects different kinds of art pieces, most are 2D but also some small sculptures, books and old materials. We needed different kinds of storage units, different sizes and different ways of keeping the new and old pieces," Stern said.
To comply with the client’s requirements, the architecture team spent a month measuring each object and organising them into different categories. They were then evaluated based on how much each piece was necessary for everyday use or for display. They also had to implement storage for materials and tools for the artist’s daily work.
The result was the creation of a completely functional space featuring two desks, 36 drawers, modular storage compartments and pegboard display sliding doors.
A folding bed allows that space to be used as a guest room. The layout was carefully studied and organized and, while it could appear random to an outsider, everything is in its rightful place in the mind of the artist.
Each object type was given a different colour, which is exposed only when one opens a drawer or any other unit.
"We also designed the storage by two rules: the easiest way to physically open and use, but always making sure everyday stuff and more needed pieces will be more accessible. Some pieces can be placed on the pegboard which is also a painting stand for different sizes of boards," Stern said.
During the day, the room permits plenty of natural light through the existing windows, creating a pleasant ambiance.
Lightweight birch was used to construct most of the cupboards and drawers, as well as the flooring, enhancing brightness and making the space appear larger.
With the growing trend of micro apartments and downsized living all around the world, space-saving furniture is gaining popularity, especially among artists.
For instance, Italian designer Harry Thaler recently created Atelierhouse, a temporary residence for visiting artists and curators at contemporary art museum Museion, inside a minimal apartment in Bolzano, Italy. The project features wooden boxes on wheels that fold and open containing beds for guests.
There is one box with a single bed, which can be folded up against the wall to create more space, and a larger box with a double bed that can be opened or closed for privacy if more than one person is staying in the studio apartment at a time.
Each box contains a light so guests can close their pods and get more privacy to read, study or relax. The rear of the studio features another box comprising a wardrobe.
Most pieces in the apartment, including armchairs, tables, benches and a study desk, are easy-to-move furniture, all of which are made from MDF and some of which are on wheels, which allow the space to be flexible and easily adaptable to meet different needs.