KEPT AT BAY

An abun­dance of bay win­dows can be too much of a good thing. There are, how­ever, a myr­iad ways of adapting them for prac­ti­cal use.

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS -

How this de­signer helped to adapt bay win­dows for prac­ti­cal use.

Bay win­dows are a welcome fea­ture in homes, be­cause they brighten the in­te­rior with nat­u­ral light and af­ford views of the sur­round­ings. How­ever, when al­most the en­tire perimeter of the home is sur­rounded by bay win­dows, the lack of us­able wall space be­comes an is­sue.

That was ex­actly the prob­lem faced by home­own­ers Boris Tolesnik and Carolyn Tham-Tolesnik, and fig­ur­ing out a so­lu­tion to it was one of the key con­sid­er­a­tions in their brief to Lawrence Puah, de­sign di­rec­tor of Ak­i­haus De­sign Stu­dio. “Bay win­dows lined the en­tire apart­ment - from the en­trance to the liv­ing room, the bed­rooms, and even the kitchen. So, one of our main de­sign fo­cus was to incorporat­e in­te­rior el­e­ments such as con­soles, stor­age, coun­ters, study desk and even a bed over the bay win­dow ledges in or­der to re­claim pre­cious real es­tate,” says Lawrence.

Here are some ex­am­ples of how Lawrence, with designers Nur ‘Ashiqin and Jenny Phumthida, trans­formed this apart­ment, de­sign­ing us­able spa­ces that com­ple­ment the bay win­dows and which are flaw­lessly in­te­grated with the in­te­rior de­sign con­cept.

The wall sep­a­rat­ing the liv­ing room and kitchen was de­mol­ished and re­placed by a bar counter to open up the two spa­ces.

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