The Japan and Canada based architectural practice UUfie, founded by Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit Chan, realised this beautiful and highly flexible interior design of an apartment for a young family. The spacial concept is characterised by light and translucent curtains suspended on two curved steel railings of 13m and 4.5m in lengt.
“The owners had a very basic idea for flexibility in the space. We attempted to design a space that is aware of this, adapting to their needs and changing with the dynamics of their growing family.
The construction consists of dismantling the existing space and planning two curved steel railings, 13m and 4.5m in length. The railings are suspended at 1.9m from the floor. Like railings of monorail, they distribute function to the respective spaces.”
“The spaces are washed in 70% diluted white paint on the new floor (Oak), ceiling and wall (Concrete). The diluted white gives an illusion of distance for the eye. New built-in furniture are finished in white boards that allow their daughter to draw and wipe away.
Curtains are hung along the extent of the railing. The curtains are made with velvet fabric and are printed with geometric patterns through a processes of melting rayon on to fabric. It also creates interesting effects as light passes through it, almost like fallen snowflakes.”
“‘Nagi’ is our first work that show us how small spaces can change to adapt to the life of a growing family. We designed it so space wouldn’t be the dominant feature, but life itself. The floor, wall, ceiling and furniture are raw elements and raw materials for this transformation while the railings remain there as a backbone to support it.”