concentric space, Ikea

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concentric space, Ikea


The project was developped for an Ikea temporay space in Milano.

Where a small space is concerned, it is optimised by hybridising the various uses.

The kitchen is therefore related to other activities so that one can move from one activity to another with ease. The project is structured around a main island devoted to the child.

The functions are superimposed on each other; they change during the day to keep with the specific life scenarios and, at the same time, to create a remarkable interior reflecting these values.

In this case, the scenario proposes to integrate the child's areas into the core of the apartment.

So that they may be all together, the parents can also keep watch over the child while having their own activity, a benevolent presence while leaving him certain independence.

The child has a raised area for playing between two working surfaces where the most kitchen equipment is integrated. He is close to them and at the same height as the parents. In this way, they can talk to each other while keeping their own activity. This is a configuration I have often noticed in Scandinavian countries, the area was at mid-height in relation to the street traffic, which gives another perception, another limit to privacy: the area is not on the same level, the reference points are blurred.

The table becomes a platform; it is extended and supports the open shelving then becomes a play area for daytime activities. When night comes, the lower part of this platform is drawn out.

The search for autonomy and "food safety" go hand-in-hand with a wish to choose how one's space is structured. The potential of the XX kitchen system can be seen here which not only enables multiple configurations but a configuration which resembles us, normally only available to those who have the space and the means. It makes it possible for the appropriation principle to take root more deeply, not simply in surface area and around the decorative concept but far more around the choice and projected way of life.

The suggested kitchen is divided into two; one side for preparation, the other for maintenance. Preparation sets the scene for a large part of the food cycle. In this way, the scenario juxtaposes the equipment with the preparation area, a larder to learn once again how to keep food without necessarily putting it in a refrigerator, grouped together with a mini-greenhouse to grow some plants and particularly herbs.

On the other side, one can wash, have washed and store the dishes and cooking utensils at the same time. The working surface is extended by large shelving and ends with an open cupboard for the child's clothing. It is also decorated with openwork so that the air can circulate and a glimpse of the child's personality to be had. Above, there is a less accessible shelf to store objects.