Making a limited amount of square meters go a very long way was the objective of architect, Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen, and designer/concept developer, Svend Jacod Pedersen, founders of the architecture and design studio, Spacon & X, when designing the Copenhagen apartment for themselves and their two young children. Completed in 2014 by merging two existing, smaller apartments into one space, this bright 145 square meter family home is the perfect calling card for "cross-functionalism" and intimate family living in a big city.
The key to accomplishing their goal was to create a flexible layout that allowed for multiple uses of each "activity zone," (or space within the space) so that they would suit many purposes. A perfect example of this is the kitchen space. Its coolly whitewashed wood plank floors, white Corian as well as semi-transparent glass cabinets, created in collaboration with Danish Interior Design, are stylistically juxtaposed by the warmth of the wicker hanging lamp, exposed brick supporting column, and the Bas-Douglas Pine wood chairs and open staircase cabinet/storage space.
This multifunctional staircase is actually a key component in the entire apartment's layout since it not only connects the apartment’s levels, but also separates the kitchen from the guestroom beside it, through a crystallised glass wall - Private Lite from Scanglas - that clouds up when turned on, therefore providing privacy to the guestroom. Meanwhile, on the side of the guestroom,- which shifts faces from day to night with a wood bed that fully folds up into the wall to create extra space when not in use, this same staircase also allows for ample amounts of much needed storage.
Also downstairs is the open plan living room and play room. On the one side, a large built-in sofa- crafted out of a pink painted wood frame, no less - under the wide window is surrounded by a collection of potted plants. Directly across from it is a black painted, built-in wood cabinet which is filled with surprising storage solutions such as stools and small tables that can be utilized when needed and not take up any precious space when not in use as well as a work unit that can be pulled down when required.
Across from the seating area is the children's colourful, playroom/bedroom space. The red and white painted, built-in wood unit takes up the entire facing wall, concealing within itself not only nooks for the children to play in, but also their beds, closet space for clothes and toy storage, a blackboard to draw on and many other fun elements that bring to mind an elaborate fun house that kids can't help but adore!
Up the aforementioned staircase leads to the couple's private floor, complete with a skilfully-designed wardrobe space that includes translucent closet doors and a very interesting, tubular storage solution for shoes on the wall. The bedroom's blue-painted, wood plank floors, pristine white walls and chrome globe light hanging from the ceiling beside the large bed all conspire to create a relaxing atmosphere that feels like a private sanctuary within the haven that is this family apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.