Project time scale: 3 months
Location: Kallio, Helsinki, Finland
Construction year: 1959
Living area: 54 square meters
An average budget doesn’t have to lead to an average outcome. The first floor, two-room apartment in Kallio, Helsinki, was transformed into a one-person dream home without compromising on aesthetics and functionality. The goal of the uncompromising project was to ensure that the apartment not only meets but exceeds the resident’s expectations, and to increase the life cycle and monetary value of the apartment.
The design process began by setting a target atmosphere for the apartment and identifying the resident’s living needs, which then guided all future design decisions. The atmosphere of our living environment proactively impacts our emotional but also physiological well-being. The resident wanted the apartment to be cozy, spacious, and airy, and that there would be plenty of storage space. The original layout did not meet the set goals or the living standards of today, but fortunately it had potential: the partitions could be dismantled, and the kitchen and bathroom were well situated.