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This Tiny Apartment Checks All the Boxes With Glass Bricks and Gridded Tile / By Laura Mauk / Janbolat Khanat Almaty Tourism News Office

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This Tiny Apartment Checks All the Boxes With Glass Bricks and Gridded Tile / By Laura Mauk / Janbolat Khanat Almaty Tourism News Office

Kitchen, Wood Counter, Wall Mount Sink, Cooktops, Drop In Sink, Refrigerator, Linoleum Floor, Wall Lighting, Marble Backsplashe, and Ceiling Lighting Miogui architecture filled this 141-square-foot studio apartment in Normandy with bold color and playful geometric forms.

The disrepair was daunting—but it was also an opportunity for the duo, who cofounded Miogui Architecture, to create a blank slate for a little design magic. “Our client is a young investor who was buying for the first time,” Berastegui says. “He wanted something extraordinary for his tenants.”
Miogui architecture filled this 141-square-foot studio apartment in Normandy with bold color and playful geometric forms.

Living Room, Linoleum Floor, and Ceiling Lighting A curved, yellow curtain can section off the kitchen and bathroom from the living area.

A curved, yellow curtain can section off the kitchen and bathroom from the living area.
Berastegui and Fremiot’s first order of business was to gut the space and reorganize it. “As we do in every tiny design project, we reduced the size of the bathroom and transferred the space to the kitchen and the living room,” Berastegui says. “The bathroom is used very little in a day—the kitchen and the living area are where people spend more time.”
To create a flexible floor plan, they hung a sunshine-yellow curtain at a curved angle to section the living room from the kitchen and bathroom. The drapery can be pulled back when the tenant wants to join the rooms, or it can close off the spaces for a cozier feeling.

Living Room, Wall Lighting, Linoleum Floor, and Sofa The yellow curtain can be pulled aside to open up the interior. A wall of glass bricks sections off the bathroom while allowing natural light to enter.

Storage Room and Shelves Storage Type A bright-red pillar contrasts with the yellow curtain and the blue linoleum flooring to create a composition of primary colors.

A bright-red pillar contrasts with the yellow curtain and the blue linoleum flooring to create a composition of primary colors.
Photo by Philippe Billard

“The curved yellow curtain divides the rooms, hides shelving, and lends privacy for the bathroom,” Berastegui says. “But as the space is small, it also brings some fun movement that modifies the geometry and proportions of the rooms.”

Bath Room and Glass Tile Wall The tall and narrow bathroom door, made from a single wood plank, is accented by square glass bricks and a diamond-shaped knob.

The tall and narrow bathroom door, made from a single wood plank, is accented by square glass bricks and a diamond-shaped knob.
Photo by Philippe Billard

Inside the yellow curtain, a wall made of glass bricks separates the bathroom from the kitchen and the living area while still allowing sunlight to enter. “With the glass blocks, every corner of the apartment is awash in natural light,” Fremiot says.
The architects stacked a round mirror on top of a triangular one in the bathroom to devise a playful geometric display.
The architects also hung lots of mirrors to reflect and amplify the sense of space, color, and natural light. A round mirror above a convertible sofa makes the living room appear larger, while a triangular mirror stacked on top of a round mirror in the bathroom provides a sense of spaciousness.
“The mirrors create a different perspective and help to visually extend the rooms,” Fremiot says.

Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, and Pedestal Sink The geometric mirrors in the bathroom reflect natural light and bright color, creating a sense of spaciousness.

The geometric mirrors in the bathroom reflect natural light and bright color, creating a sense of spaciousness.
Photo by Philippe Billard

Berastegui and Fremiot sectioned the kitchen from the entry with a red-painted pillar—which combined with the yellow curtain and cobalt-blue linoleum flooring references the artwork of Piet Mondrian.
“The red contrasts with the yellow and the blue, emphasizing the pillar and its structural function,” Fremiot says. “We always try to work with color in our projects—we’re convinced of its power to affect mood.” Berastegui adds, “The apartment had to be a refuge, a place to escape—the Mondrian color, also used by Le Corbusier in his Unite D’Habitation at Marseilles, is the most rational palette.”

Bath Room, Corner Shower, Mosaic Tile Wall, and Open Shower The square shower tiles echo the shape of the glass blocks that delineate the bathroom.

The square shower tiles echo the shape of the glass blocks that delineate the bathroom.
Photo by Philippe Billard

In a playful design move, the architects devised a diamond-shaped handle for the bathroom door using a marble tile. “Selecting an unusual object as the knob abstracts the door and enhances its character, so it becomes a joyful composition,” Berastegui says. “Like with Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, the knob is not a knob, but part of a composition of color and geometric shapes that are intelligible and beautiful.”

Bath Room, Corner Shower, Mosaic Tile Wall, and Open Shower The shower’s bright-blue grout ties to the cobalt-blue linoleum flooring, creating a consistent color palette.

The shower’s bright-blue grout ties to the cobalt-blue linoleum flooring, creating a consistent color palette.
The architects developed the door’s narrow proportions—which give verticality and a sense of added height—in much the same way they approached the design for the knob. “The verticality makes the space feel taller and makes for a majestic entry into the tiny bathroom,” Fremiot says.

Hallway and Linoleum Floor In the evening, the yellow curtain filters and reflects light to give the apartment a warm glow.

In the evening, the yellow curtain filters and reflects light to give the apartment a warm glow.

Photo by Philippe Billard

Berastegui and Fremiot are masters of designing small spaces that look and feel much larger than their square footage. According to the architects, it’s a process that’s as complex as it is creative. “Everything has to be considered, and every detail is meaningful,” Fremiot says. Berastegui adds, “Nothing hides in spaces that are this small. The challenge is to create functional surprises that make the space desirable, despite its size.”

Floor Plan of Ridel Apartment by Miogui Architecture

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