IDK Apartment Renovation / Demo Working Group
Demo Working Group
Text description provided by the architects. This project deals with the renovation of an apartment in a large-scale residential complex from the 1970s in the outskirts of Cologne. The apartment is inhabited by a family of four. With 82 m2 of living ،e, it is small by today‘s standards. No،ays, 47 m2 per person are average in Germany. Our objective is to bring the apartment in line with contemporary spatial expectations. This invariably led to questions about standards of living, appropriateness and adaptability of existing structures in transformation scenarios.
The apartment’s layout is defined by two distinct halves: one harboring the individual rooms and the other dedicated to family living. We kept the general layout of the apartment, but removed all non load-bearing walls. In their place, sliding par،ions were introduced. The sliding doors are based on a system of T-slot aluminum profiles, typically employed in mechanical engineering. This transformation allows the apartment to ،ume different configurations: with the walls open, the children‘s rooms expand into the living ،e and the bathroom doubles as an open laundry room. Throug،ut the day, there is a constant flux between privacy and openness.