Design4D - The Kinematic Apartment Print

Design4D have completed the refurbishment of an apartment in South East London. Film making was an important part of the ideas generating process which resulted in a layout based upon the narrative of how the client lived rather than preconceived room typologies.
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Relax

The single 30sqm room consists of three basic elements. These are a red rotating media wall which can be positioned to serve any space, a solid black work surface which extends the length of the flat and a white screen wall which unfolds to reveal functions and define spaces. An automated lighting system and touch screen media centre add an extra layer of digital luxury to the apartment.

Presentation drawings-white.gif The single 30sqm room consists of three basic elements. These are a red rotating media wall which can be positioned to serve any space, a solid black work surface which extends the length of the flat and a white screen wall which unfolds to reveal functions and define spaces. An automated lighting system and touch screen media centre add an extra layer of digital luxury to the apartment.
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Eat

The client realised that he wanted a space where he could entertain friends, build architectural models, cook decent meals and even watch films while in the bath and that, with 30sqm, the space was going to have to be very flexible. Symbolically the hearth to the home is a red digital media centre from which he can view films while washing, work while in bed, reply to emails upon the sofa or watch television in the reflection of the mirrors while preparing a meal. The mirrors also have the advantage of doubling the perceived volume of the apartment.
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Sleep

From out of the flush white wall folds the bed, wardrobes and a desk with a removable storage unit/dining table. When concealed from view the floor space is enlarged to enable model making. To maximise floor space further a special convecting heater was designed by Design4D and treated as a light box artwork mounted above the sofa on the wall.
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Cook

The black element in the apartment functions as the kitchen, a general work surface and a cupboard at the entrance for coats. Expressed as a monolithic object, the doors are a blackboard surface enabling notes or brainstorming to be scrawled across their surface. The worktop is a black epoxy resin from Durcon which is usually found in laboratories for its flame and chemical resisting properties.
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Wash

The photoshoot was carried out by Kate Boddington who was nominated by Wallpaper magazine in 2008 as a talent to watch. Picking up on Design4D director Nik Hilton's interest in film and the graphical look of the interior she has styled the shoot on a number of cinematic influences including Stanley Kubrick's 2001 a Space Oddessy.

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Work

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Design4D is a practice committed to providing a highly professional service with the aim of generating elegant, appropriate and sustainable designs that meet its clients’ requirements.

Our time working for a number of high profile and distinguished firms has instilled a rigorous and methodical approach within the way we proceed with each project. This is also monitored through our Quality Assurance system set out by BS EN ISO 9001:2000.

We strive to foster close working relationships with both clients and consultants and pride ourselves on an open, collaborative approach. We are committed to producing high quality, emotive and well-constructed architecture that makes a positive impact on people’s lives, is ecologically sustainable and which fulfils our client’s brief.

Each project is seen in the office as an opportunity to explore new ideas and therefore produce a bespoke piece of architecture which is tailored specifically to meet the given demands of the scheme. We avoid preconceived solutions and styles by treating every project as a narrative to be discussed and refined with the client. This results in unique solutions which exceed client expectations and maximize the potential of a site.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 12:21