Dark Colors And Textures Play Up In This 60-Sqm Minimalist Unit
Modern minimalism is all about simplicity. Minimalist spaces are often clean, open, and bright. But minimalism does not equate to dullness. Minimalist design makes use of textures and finishes to create a stunning space, and this is exactly what PXP Design Workshop did inside this 60-sqm. unit in Makati.
The owners of the two-bedroom unit is a couple based in Singapore. The couple, Christopher and Melba, purchased the unit to serve as their vacation home whenever they are back in the country. The project was accomplished mostly through online communication as the unit owners are based abroad.
The couple hired architects Patrick Espiritu and Spencer Sy of PXP Design Workshop to turn their space into a breathable, minimalist unit in hotel-style. “It was easy for us to work on this unit because we’ve done projects like it before,” explains Patrick.
Upon their first site visit, the architects noticed the lack of natural light and sufficient ventilation inside the unit. To address this, they took down the wall of one of the bedrooms, installed glass sliding doors, and turned it into a den. The den transforms into a guest room with the sofa bed placed inside.
The sliding glass dividers play an integral part inside the unit. Aside from separating the bedroom from the rest of the unit, the glass lets natural light spread throughout the previously dark unit. The architects cite this area as their proudest feat in the space.
The kitchen received one of the biggest changes in the unit. The kitchen countertop was initially located beside the main door, which the architects moved farther. “No one wants their guests to be greeted with the steam of binagoongan and tuyo,” Patrick jokingly states. He cites that this was a challenge because they had to relayout the pipes and drains of the flat without affecting the other neighboring units.
This minimalist unit layers dark wood, black accents, and a gray color scheme together. While some people don’t recommend dark colors for small spaces, because of the rule that dark colors make a space feel stuffy, this unit proves otherwise. With the right balance, dark colors can make a space feel dramatic without trying too hard.
“We always make sure that our designs are functional, timeless, and clean,” adds Patrick on PXP Design Workshop’s design philosophy. Functional, timeless, and clean are also three words that perfectly describe this modern minimalist unit.