Homes are only getting smaller, but the problem is, our hobbies are only getting more plentiful. We find ourselves with as much “stuff” as ever before, but with less space to put it. Therefore, the key is to get as creative as possible with the space we have, while not compromising on our need to take part in many different hobbies.
Hrystia Koliasa Architecture may have found the answer with their latest project, Menchuks Apartment. Apartment owners Sergii and Olya from Lviv Oblast in Ukraine gave the architects a brief: work with the 45m2 apartment to create a space that caters for all life’s pleasures. They wanted something that promoted and worked with their love for cycling, travel, running, multimedia, cooking, entertaining – friends and privately, and playing computer games. It also needed to be functional for daily life, spacious, and have room for growth in the future – depending on what new hobbies they would come to love along the way.
That’s a big ask for a space that’s only 45m2. However, Hrystia Koliasa more than delivered. They used warm whites to create a boundary-less appearance, while also attracting you to the views beyond the windows. It also added the perception of space. The clean white walls would then become the backdrop for a projector screen, catering to their passion for movies, with a bedroom nook adjacent.
The living, dining, and kitchen area all flow seamlessly together, only broken up by industrial yet warm-feeling concrete pillars and warming natural wood flooring. It’s the perfect area for entertaining friends and family with space to spare.
Storage is also a significant part of the Menchuks Apartment. Storage is plentiful but out of sight. The wardrobe also opens from both sides – the entrance and the bedroom, meaning it can house both home essentials and clothing. Even footwear has its own storage space.
Industrial-style concrete pillars add a contemporary edge and separation to the 45m2 apartment.
The stunning white kitchen is easy-care and orderly.
The kitchen features ample storage and a breakfast bar for simplistic everyday living.
Hrystia Koliasa Architecture connected the kitchen to the balcony with a substantial glass door – enhancing the indoor-outdoor flow which would work in both the colder and warmer months.
The small but easy-care bathroom is striking in design with white tiles and contemporary fixtures.
Even though this home is 45m2, it ticks all the boxes for Olya and Sergii, and truly is a masterpiece when it comes to being a multi-purpose apartment that caters to their hobbies and passions.