Katsumi Hirabayashi

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Fontworks Inc. Fukuoka Creative Lab / PRISM DESIGN

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  • Architects: PRISM DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

The Laundry Room as an Unnecessary Luxury (or Where to Place the Washer in the Modern Home?)

In residential architecture, there have always been central, indispensable spaces and peripheral spaces more easy to ignore. When designing a home, the task of the architect is essentially to configure, connect, and integrate different functions in the most efficient way possible, necessarily prioritizing some spaces over others. And although today many are designing in ways that are increasingly fluid and indeterminate, we could say that the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are the fundamental nucleus of every house, facilitating rest, food preparation, and personal hygiene. Then meeting spaces and other service areas appear, and with them lobbies, corridors, and stairs to connect them. Each space guides new functions, allowing its inhabitants to perform them in an easier and more comfortable way.

However, fewer square meters in the bathroom could mean more space for the living room. Or, eliminating some seemingly expendable spaces could give more room for more important needs. In an overpopulated world with increasingly dense cities, what functions have we been discarding to give more space to the essentials? Here, we analyze the case of the laundry room, which is often reduced and integrated into other areas of the house to give space for other functions.

Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples

Dense cities mean small homes. With more and more frequency we are forced to adapt to spaces within which some elements simply do not fit. As architects, these restrictions actually provide us with opportunities and remind us that our goal is to give precise solutions to specific problems. Designing with infinite number square meters and/or an unlimited budget is practically unheard of.

What's the key to accommodating everything? Let's review some effective storage solutions for minimum, tight spaces.

END THE ROC / nook architects. Image © Yago PartalBazillion / YCL Studio. Image © Leonas GarbačauskasHB6B / Karin Matz. Image Cortesía de Karin MatzGorki / Ruetemple. Image © Ruetemple+ 33

unbot China inc. / PRISM DESIGN

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Changning Qu, China
  • Architects: PRISM DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2191
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Nippon Paint China, Shenzhen Sun Global Glass Company Limited, Wuxi Tefa Decoration Material Company Limited, belbien

Tsukiji Room H / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

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Tokyo Loft / G architects

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  • Architects: G architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  87 Area:  87
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014