The question raised by the CAD apartment is one specific to the Romanian contemporary suburb: designing the interior of a flat "poorly thought" from the point of view of architectural project, so as to become efficient and comfortable at the same time. For this reason we cannot use pretentious expressions (such as "spatial concept", "composition", "gesture", etc..) to describe the project. Our attitude was from the beginning a realist-functionalist one: we had to find room for storage where there was none planned in the architecture project of the building. There for a few changes have occurred in the layout, such as the repositioning of the wall between the bedroom and hallway in order to accommodate a second closet in the corridor, used as a "pantry", " dressing for winter clothes” and storage. Consequently, our design may be characterized by two major elements:
The first one, "the show" of custom-made furniture: avoidance of catalog accessories, precision in execution, making use of computer-assisted technologies (e.g. CNC) and maximum functionality (specific locations for each object stored, from the ironing board to the shoeboxes). Due to the small size of the apartment and to the fact that on two of its’ four sides the windows are full height, some unusual furniture layouts had to be designed: the multipurpose cabinet was conceived as a single element positioned in the centre of the living area, designed for easy transportation from the factory to the apartment and the in-situ assembly. It contains a double-access book shelve, multimedia, bar and a place for displaying flower arrangements. Also, the couch in the living room was designed to be configured in various ways depending on the activities that may take place in the living area. The table was attached to the central multimedia cabinet but can be removed in the event of a "small" party. The bed in the bedroom was fitted with drawers at the bottom, three on each side and night stands that can be retracted when not in use.
The second one would be the use of color - each area of the apartment received a specific color as follows: corridor - red, bathroom - violet-bordeaux, kitchen - olive-green and green in the bedroom. The living area and dining place became the meeting point of all the colors in the apartment.
Design Team: Paul-Mihai Moldovan, Florin-Vasile Lazar
Design Year: 2008
Execution | Completion Year: 2010
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Net area: 54 sqm
Furniture Manufacturer: s.c. Terminus Prod s.r.l.
Text: Sabin Bors
Photographer[s]: Dacian Groza