144sqm Apartment

  • Status: Pending
  • Prize: $510
  • Entries Received: 90

Contest Brief

Hi everyone,
we are a family of 4 with 2 girls (10 & 8 yrs old)

We have just purchased a small, old apartment from an old lady and need help trying to redesign and re decorate to try and cope with a growing family of girls.

The apartment has 4 external balconies, facing a pretty local rose garden to the west.

The balconies can be enclosed to enlarge the internal space to a max.144sqm. The road outside is a little noisy sometimes, so a large part of the budget will have to go towards the new windows and glass doors.

We hope to try and keep an outdoor type area with a sliding door to the planter box, whilst actually being an indoor area with the door closed as well.

The current set up is cramped, with lots of walls, rooms, doors, and a hallway that uses up too much valuable real estate.

For Design we would prefer:
- girls to have 2 seperate rooms but understand it may not be possible.
- a library/study area
- open plan living/kitchen
- space for a piano
- lots more cupboards/wardrobes
- parent retreat area

For finishings we would prefer:
- simple, modern, classy
- natural materials like wood, marble, stone.

we like formal french style, but also enjoy natural outdoors swiss style.

Our budget is critical and needs to be carefully thought on & planned. I would like to spend 100k total

we also need descent tradesmen, and cost effective materials suppliers.

The apartment is in Fontvieille (a village on the border of France & MC) on the cote d'Azur.
15mins to Nice - France by train.

the attached Floor Plans (image) show the current set up + the bare floor plan with non moveable , load bearing walls and building columns carrying the water pipes for bathroom/toilet services.

an initial floor plan will suffice until the winner is selected then 3D walk throughs with more details will be sought.

The 144sqm Apartment design winner selected will also have an opportunity to redesign a Sydney Deep water front property and a French provencal villa in Eze sur mer.

We look forward to seeing the results and hopefully meeting the winner in person.

Best wishes - John & Nicky


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LOAD BEARING WALLS

The floor plan with walls that must be retained.

the dimensions are also attached.

the 4 square columns must also be retained because they carry the 'grey + dark' water pipes for the building... toilets/bathrooms are located next to them.

there is also a 1m long, 20cm thick, load bearing wall in the main living area that must be retained.

the balcony sliding doors can be removed and the balcony floors
are raised/stepped up from the internal floors by 12cm.

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  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 1 week ago

    Hello Everyone, I just wanted to thank all and everyone who participated in the apartment drawing.

    I am currently travelling on a work trip and have not been able to look at the last 30 odd drawings.

    I will return in another 1 week and then take a few days with Nicky to select the winner.

    apologies for the bad timing.

    • 1 week ago
    1. Auriel15324
      Auriel15324
      • 3 days ago

      Thank you very much for the update, enjoy the trip.

      • 3 days ago
    2. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 2 days ago

      Thank you for your update :) This delay makes the project even more exciting, I am sure the winner has done a really clever design, looking forward to seeing it!! Have a nice trip :)

      • 2 days ago
  • tanitarchitect
    tanitarchitect
    • 6 days ago

    bon voyage

    • 6 days ago
  • HoomanSadeghi
    HoomanSadeghi
    • 1 week ago

    Please check entry #9 and 3d design of that #27 #28 #29 #30

    • 1 week ago
  • gaurimore
    gaurimore
    • 1 week ago

    Worked on an additional option. Kindly follow link below to access, as the contest ended before I had the chance to upload. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rBBknoVAXd8N0IqMt4FWSKacv-1e0f8W/view?usp=sharing

    • 1 week ago
  • gaurimore
    gaurimore
    • 1 week ago

    Do review 79, 99.

    • 1 week ago
  • phenart
    phenart
    • 1 week ago

    #extended

    • 1 week ago
  • MRCreative369
    MRCreative369
    • 1 week ago

    plz check #37 , #38 , #39

    • 1 week ago
  • adpdesignstudios
    adpdesignstudios
    • 1 week ago

    Bonjour, Please check my new entry number 83, thank you very much.

    • 1 week ago
  • leartm
    leartm
    • 1 week ago

    Please have a review of entry #71, a proposal in accordance with all your requests.

    • 1 week ago
  • Memiak
    Memiak
    • 1 week ago

    may i ask you where is the electricity control board at the moment, in order to avoid making changes that would need moving it around?

    • 1 week ago
  • gaurimore
    gaurimore
    • 1 week ago

    Kindly review entry no. 79

    • 1 week ago
  • Memiak
    Memiak
    • 1 week ago

    hello, do you need an additional small 4 people table for family dining, or is it fine to dine in the main dining table?

    • 1 week ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 1 week ago

      main dining is ok

      • 1 week ago
    2. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 1 week ago

      thank you, that makes it much better!!

      • 1 week ago
  • gaurimore
    gaurimore
    • 1 week ago

    Super interested. Kindly do not close the contest before the ending date. Thanks!

    • 1 week ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 1 week ago

      no problems

      • 1 week ago
  • Memiak
    Memiak
    • 1 week ago

    hello again, regarding my entry#61, are we sure that there isn't any water supply in the balcony at the moment? Usually balconies have pipes, as they need to be washed and drain rainwater.

    • 1 week ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 1 week ago

      balcony has only cold water and only storm water drains not grey water as per kitchen sink etc

      we cannot drill holes for new pipes through the stubb walls unfortunately

      • 1 week ago
  • MelinaJose
    MelinaJose
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello, Please check entry # 15. Let me know what you think Thank you!

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    sorry no chance to move the entry door...

    • 2 weeks ago
  • RosaEjeZ
    RosaEjeZ
    • 2 weeks ago

    Is there a possibility to change the entrance door?

    • 2 weeks ago
  • HoomanSadeghi
    HoomanSadeghi
    • 2 weeks ago

    I advise you to respect the rights of your children, each to have a private space as well as to grow independently.
    Just to have a little bit more space in the living area,
    Don't risk developing your child's independent personality at a tender age.
    Every child needs a room and a private space.
    Don't deprive them when they can.
    But if you still insist on a shared room for them.
    Tell me to make changes to the plan.
    Regards,
    Hooman

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 2 weeks ago

      well, in my opinion, when children are still young it is good for them to learn how to share. But when the first girl reaches puberty, big issues will appear if they share the same bedroom. It happens to all families and it is absolutely normal. I strongly support the separate bedroom solution, for me designing a flat with one bedroom for two children has nothing to do with architecture. We, the architects , exist to solve problems, not create future ones.

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 2 weeks ago

      Also, 144 m2 is more than enough for a decent 3 bedroom flat. I already proposed a one bedroom solution, but it felt as if I am no serious with what I m doing, so I keep on working on two beds no matter what

      • 2 weeks ago
  • arquitecturamx
    arquitecturamx
    • 2 weeks ago

    #52 #sealed please

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    Also, my wife made me aware of your comment, it was unintentional, it was just that it didn’t immediately tick our « optimise Space » critères... sorry about that

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi Dominique, can you re consider the size of your hallways - we think they are too large. The fire place is also quite large. As is the kitchen.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    Vesna’s 2 bedroom ideas and Mr Hoomans comments about having kids spaces have made us try and re negotiate with the building engineers and architects to see what/if we can have a better access hallway to achieve this 2bedroom idea

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    A Reminder that we are looking into and commenting on the plans that catch our eye by making best use of space... 1. the Least hallways. 2. Utilising the master bedroom space for both bathrooms. 3. Kids bedroom space/spaces.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi everyone,

    • 2 weeks ago
  • RosaEjeZ
    RosaEjeZ
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hi, I have submitted several proposals. I would like to know if anyone likes them. Thank you¡

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. RosaEjeZ
      RosaEjeZ
      • 2 weeks ago

      Hello, there are few days left. You could tell me if any of my proposals you liked, or put stars. And so start putting together the 3d that take several days. Thank you

      • 2 weeks ago
  • ebrahim0177922
    ebrahim0177922
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello dear sir, Please check entry #16 .I a wait your comments

    • 2 weeks ago
  • Memiak
    Memiak
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hi, could you please clarify exactly which parts of the walls that cross the flat along west east axis we should keep? The two green images are a bit confusing and I am afraid we are removing wrong parts of the walls in our proposals. There must be specific parts of the walls that are serving as structural columns, supporting the beams above, but where exactly are they?

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      hi demetra
      you are ok with the walls, and there are no beams... it is a concrete slab ceiling

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 2 weeks ago

      Thank you :)

      • 2 weeks ago
  • LikaBilynska
    LikaBilynska
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello.

    We all tried hard. Maybe you will have some time to leave comments with wishes for already completed work? This will greatly simplify the achievement of the desired result. Works that you do not like, please sign.
    Thank you very much.

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      hi Lika
      I can't see your plan anymore?

      where did it go?

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. LikaBilynska
      LikaBilynska
      • 2 weeks ago

      My entry is #7 .
      If necessary, I can duplicate.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • LikaBilynska
    LikaBilynska
    • 2 weeks ago

    My entry is #7.
    If necessary, I can duplicate.

    • 2 weeks ago
  • RosaEjeZ
    RosaEjeZ
    • 3 weeks ago

    HELLO, COULD YOU CONTACT ME PRIVATE, I HAVE SOME DECORATION MEDIA TO SEND TO SEE THE STYLE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, THANK YOU

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      hi Rosa,
      will be happy to go into the decoration media once we finalise the floor plan...

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. RosaEjeZ
      RosaEjeZ
      • 2 weeks ago

      Well, I will continue to improve the floor then. Thank you

      • 2 weeks ago
  • fernandamtlurd
    fernandamtlurd
    • 3 weeks ago

    Hello, Please check entry # 34. Let me know what you think Thank you!

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      unfortunately you cannot remove all the walls.

      we need to keep them as per the original pictures ive uploaded.

      we can cut doorways through but that's it

      • 2 weeks ago
  • jcaliguri
    Contest Holder
    • 3 weeks ago

    hello everyone,
    we love most of these plans and can see the effort being applied... thank you all so much

    we have decided to reduce the rrequirements to having 1 kids bedroom and therefore try and have better larger living spaces.

    the load bearing walls are causing problems for some, however we can cut doorways through them if needed.

    the green floor plan is a bit difficult but most have got the dimensions and wall positions correct

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. Memiak
      Memiak
      • 2 weeks ago

      Thank you :) It is not impossible though to have two bedrooms for children, I will upload all of my proposals when I finish, as they're already be done :)

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. jcaliguri
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      we would like 2 bedrooms but the restrictions seem to be giving alot of problems...
      hence we think having a shared bedroom and having better living areas

      • 2 weeks ago

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