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Fall 2011

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Project: Eat-Play-Cleanse, Washington, DC Architects: KUBE architecture Audio-visual/IT: Energy+Light+Control MEP Engineers: Metropolitan Consulting Engineers Contractor: Housecraft LLC The "Eat" and "Play" components of the Eat-Play-Cleanse apartment renovation. Photo © Paul Burk Photography Domestic Policy:Policy: Strategic Designs Address Divergent Challenges in Residential Projects by Denise Liebowitz When it comes to interior renovations, some spaces call out for punch and others for calm. Architects and designers routinely confront drab, featureless rooms where the challenge is to inject some vitality and character; just as often they face busy, confusing spaces that need order and cohesion. The design tools they use to achieve the desired result are the same: color, pattern, and texture. Two recent residential makeovers illustrate the point. Inserting Drama into a Dull Space Astandard-issue, one-bedroom apartment inWashington, DC, was the bland canvas Janet Bloomberg, AIA, principal of KUBE Architecture, had to work with. "The place was very dated, and although our client began by primarily 48 DOMESTIC POLICY wanting to renovate the kitchen, the program gradually expanded to the rest of the apartment," said Bloomberg. Work began on the 750-square-foot apartment by laying new bamboo flooring, reframing door and window openings, updating lighting, and installing motorized window shades. But all that was to simply prepare a clean, neutral background for the drama she envisioned. "We wanted to completely transform the entire space with the insertion of just three very special custom elements." The three objects of everyday living—a media wall, a bar- dining table, and a shower—introduce bold color, textured finishes, and organic patterns that reinvent the previously undistinguished apartment as contemporary living space with visual impact and interest.

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