Ariadne - dad's assisted living architectural contest
It is a challenging task to re-design a space you have never seen, for a person you have never met. To such a space it is hard to add personality - this proposal deliberately chooses to not even try. Nevertheless, with a good portion of character, this project hopefully can work as a functional backdrop to fill up with a collection of personal belongings, collected during a lifetime.
The room is relatively small, taken into account that it has to support all the functions of everyday life: eating, sleeping, washing, meeting people; joy and sorrow. In order to create the feeling of a generous room, no subdivisions are made of the space.
One asset is the high ceiling. The wall is divided into two partitions: one lower piece with wooden paneling and an untouched upper part. Along the lower part of the walls a piece of furniture combines functions such as storage, shelving, seating and sleeping into one element. The upper part of the wall is left white to create a feeling of an ample and light room.
Since your dad likes gardening, the window sill is extended into a large table-top to be filled with plants and flowers. A translucent drape allows the diffused daylight to sift through the window. The tv is hidden behind the curtain until being used.
The materials are inexpensive: good-quality plywood can be found at the local hardware store. The work includes no difficult joining and can be made either by a lay person or by a professional for a reasonable cost.
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