After an analysis of the architectural situation the following principles were drawn:
- The public space should be located along the northern facade that overviews the rooftops of the neighborhood.
- Bedrooms should be located behind the walled facade and use the existing window openings.
- Bathrooms will be located in the back of the apartment to improve the use of space.
- Since there will be ventilation problems in the bathrooms, they will have ceiling-high windows that will face the apartment’s public space and have mechanical ventilation.
- The public space will use the rhythm of the building structure and space will be organized from the more public space – the kitchen, through the dining area to the more private space – the sitting area.
- Walls, doors, and the kitchen will be light-colored so space will feel larger. However, a dark “Island” will serve as a dramatic focal point of the space.
- A special railing will be provided to allow the placement of planters along with the large north-facing windows. Automatic irrigation is required.
- Many storage places are required.
The apartment includes also some special features.
First, the railing provides also a designated space for the cats’ litter box. This eliminates the smell and dirt that is a part of having cats.
Second, there is a small opening between the bathrooms that allows the disposal of dirty clothing into the laundry cabinet that is located in the second bathroom.