How often does an architect get to work with clients aged 9 & 12? After spending the last 9 years together, it was time for each boy to set out on their own. The 9 year old would get the former game room and the 12 year old would inherit the existing shared bedroom space. The condominium is in a vintage post Louis Sullivan era apartment building. The adjacent interiors are a warm contemporary that needed to get picked up in the two bedrooms. Each boy had final say on their colors, materials and room layouts.
Apartment building exterior showing influence of Louis Sullivan. Thea combination of colors, textures and ornamentation were inspiration for a contemporary interpretation of the building's 100+ year old structure on the two bedroom interiors.
Shared bedroom prior to 12 year old conversion.
Shared game room prior to 9 year old bedroom conversion.
12 year old boys custom bedroom design including modular storage units and bed. Color selected by 12 year old client. Headboards are textured vinyl. Storage units & beds are red oak veneered plywood w./dark stain, plastic laminated doors & drawers w./aluminum grommeted pulls.
Carpet squares are by Flor. Light fixtures are Kartell. Although this room did include some closet storage, the emphasis was placed on maximizing storage including the bed which includes drawers and a "secret" storage space under the mattress.
Shiny plastic laminates and anodized aluminum uprights intentionally contrast with the warmth of the wood boxes, texture of the white painted panel walls and dark wood floor stain. Storage units, carpet squares and lighting are similar in both bedrooms except for color and specific requests made on the part of the two young clients. Intent was to have the rooms be as similar and unique as the two young boys.
9 year old boys custom bedroom design including modular storage units & beds. Color selected by 9 year old client. 2 twin bed idea generated by discussions with client who indicated his desire for a place for sleepover friends to sleep. Headboards are basketball textured vinyl. Storage units & beds are red oak veneered plywood w./dark stain to match existing floors and woodwork, high sheen plastic laminate doors & drawers w./aluminum grommet pulls. Carpet squares are by Flor. Light fixtures by Kartell.
9 year old's bedroom did not have any closet space. Armoires, cabinets and drawer units were suspended/floated from Rakks anodized aluminum shelving standards.
Suspension of storage units is an attempt at allowing air and light to move through the space within interruption.