Functional Walls Come to Life in a Swedish Renovation

Swedish studio Lookofsky Architecture renovates a tiny house from the 1920’s with the help of multi-functional walls

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

Who ever said a wall has to be just a wall? As tiny houses proliferate around the world, walls are increasingly being transformed into essential elements of design, foregoing their role as mere frames or partitions to embrace a new purpose as autonomous, dynamic, and three-dimensional spaces. Weaving aesthetics and functionality into embedded blocks, each element serves to personalize the property with a one of a kind approach.

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

Here in Stockholm, local architects at Lookofsky Architecture have proven just that with their latest apartment. Taking on the renovation of a structure from the 1920’s, designers set out to transform the 80 square meter property through an intense process focused on three principal areas: the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

Within each environment, work was concentrated in the walls, treated as true installations and protagonists in the limited spaces. Taking its name from the approach of designers and architects, Function Walls perfectly synthesizes the vision of a “new home”, completely optimized and transformed to welcome a young and dynamic couple.

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

In a closer look at the unique microcosm, creatives at Lookofsky Architecture were obligated to begin with a detailed restoration of the mini home’s core: the kitchen. Here, two previously separated spaces were united by removing a superfluous dividing wall, creating an ample living area ideal for relaxing, eating, and entertaining guests.

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

The main wall defining the kitchen extends seven meters and features a seamless mosaic of smaller modules that all respond to a specific function. The oven, pantry, and reading nook all form individual parts to a structured whole, playing with height and depth for a unique signature style that’s both practical and captivating (here highlighted by the creative touch of the photo stylist, Hanna Tunemar). Even blocks that are removed from the wall, like the bar or seating, are actually integrated elements from the same system — realized with the help of Maldini Studio, who gave form to Lookofsky’s ideas.

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Photos: Mattias Hamrén; photo stylist: Hanna Tunemar

Meanwhile, a similar approach was taken throughout the rest of the home, from the bathroom — a niche in its own right, opening to reveal ample storage space — to the bedroom, dominated by a voluminous, built-in closet. A dialog between negative and occupied spaces is accompanied by bold colors, where architects relied on a striking yellow to underline the playful character of the design.

Setting an exuberant stage, the yellow leaves little room for other colors, surrounded by white surfaces on remaining walls and the ceiling contrasted only by the caramel colored wood paving the floors. The simple stylings of furnishings and accessories is then paired perfectly with a Nordic flair, incorporating linear pieces with a minimalist touch so as to not distract from the true star of the home: its one of a kind walls.

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