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.
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.