Project description: Even thought this minuscule pied-a-terre might seem unlivable, it’s prime location (just 300m from new bridge over Vistula and overlooking the Royal Castle) and spatial disposition made this 21,5m2 apartment an ideal spot for a divorced man in his mid-thirties. He uses it 3-4 times a week as a place to meet his son and occasionally to spend weekends.
The design’s goal was to take a profit of two windows ( regarded as a luxury in such a small unit) by the smaller one as a pretext for creating a semi-separated, east-oriented alcove in place of the previous bathroom. The alcove is elevated above apartment’s surface of some 110cm to provide space underneath for a washing machine extra storage room. Being placed in front of the entrance door, the small window makes a visual axis leading from entrance space, through a bathroom to the alcove. The bathroom was supposed to be separated from the alcove by use of a fixed translucent barrier, but since the empty opening is used by owner’s son as a way to run around the bath/kitchen unit, it will be filled with an openable window. The scarcity of space forced the decision of placing the shower directly in the hallway.