Versatile live/work space for father has secret play room for son

Mode:lina Studio
© Mode:lina Studio

It's the perennial dilemma: how to make a cramped apartment feel bigger, especially for a father with a rambunctious six-year-old son? In creating a multifunctional live/work furniture unit to help expand the space, Polish architects from Mode:lina Studio also concealed a secret play room for the young boy.

Dornob shows us this wonderful design for a 398-square-foot space that not only allows artist and designer Maciej Kawecki to work and hold business meetings, but also to cook and sleep, as well as an out-of-sight place for Kawecki's son to indulge in play.

Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio
Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio

The sleeping area is lofted above Kawecki's work desk. There's a shelf unit on wheels that can be moved in and out as needed. When this unit is shifted out, it provides extra space for Kawecki's son to play just behind his father's desk; father can work while son plays with his collection of toys, usually hidden from view by the mobile shelf in front.

Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio
Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio
Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio
Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio
Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio

The multipurpose, customized unit that dominates the space is built out of oriented strand board (OSB), left au naturel and painted black in places for high contrast. Kawecki's conference desk is on wheels too, meaning that it can pushed aside to make even more space when necessary.

Mode:lina Studio© Mode:lina Studio

Add a bit of outdoor space via the balcony, and the result is a clean, well-lit haven for rest and work in the heart of the city, with a sheltered spot for young, imaginative minds. For more, visit Polish architects from Mode:lina Studio.

Tags: Apartments | Less Is More | Living With Less | Poland | Small Spaces

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