Apartment 4D Renovation by Kariouk Associates
Kariouk Associates. Ottawa Gatinuea Design Office. Houses, Cottages, and Interior Renovations

Apartment 4D Renovation

Project Information
Project Information
Ottawa, Ontario
2002 - 2004
The renovation of two 600 sq. ft. apartments in a 1935 heritage condominium building into a single live/work loft space that creates a highly pragmatic, flexible living environment.
Design Challenge & Solution
Azure, Manhattan Transfer (Rhys Phillips), September 2004
Azure, "Manhattan Transfer", September 2004
Canadian House & Home Magazine, Light Industry (Kelly Rude), January 2006
Canadian House & Home Magazine, "Light Industry", January 2006
Architectural Record, Mayfair Loft (Rita Cantinella), July 2005
Architectural Record, "Mayfair Loft", July 2005
Saturday Night, Mobile Home (Andrew Blum), April 2004
Saturday Night, "Mobile Home", April 2004
Canadian Architect, Apartment 4-D (Maria Cook), September 2004
Canadian Architect, "Apartment 4-D", September 2004
Ottawa Citizen, Pragmatic Beauty (Maria Cook), 2004
Ottawa Citizen, "Pragmatic Beauty", 2004
Ottawa City Interiors, The Upside of Downtown (Sarah Brown), 2004
Ottawa City Interiors, "The Upside of Downtown", 2004
Design Challenge & Solution

Design Challenge:

This project entailed the transformation of two, small, conventional apartments into a flexible, pragmatic, urban dwelling. The emphasis to design for flexibility was such that the new live-work environment would accommodate life changes and evolving work, social, and seasonal requirements without necessitating subsequent costly renovations or moves. The next challenges of this renovation were to create a bright space from a dark, north-facing space, and to create abundant storage where none formerly existed.

Design Solution:

Unlike the conventional "service space" of any home (bathrooms, storage, closets, etc.) that obscures life's seemingly banal realities, the service areas designed for this renovation — in particular the rolling storage cabinets and red translucent-walled master bathroom — expose and celebrate "everydayness. " Whereas such service areas conventionally segregate "public" and "private" realms, 4-D's service areas recast these two realms as the "private" and the "erotic," challenging our culture's preoccupation with privacy. A bathing area's plumbing wall, for instance, made of glass laminated with sheer, red silk, reveals the body of a bather within, while also silhouetting the "body" of the building, characterized by pipes, waste stacks, and electrical conduit, displaying all of these as ornament through the colored glass. Floor-to-ceiling glass screens that are suspended from an eighty-foot-long track along a window wall also display and conceal. These screens, which are laminated with linen, yielding tactility, slide to permit daytime light or slide again to achieve nighttime privacy. The rolling storage cabinets, clad in similar glass, illuminate like lanterns, permitting the visual suggestion of their private contents.

Paul duBellet Kariouk (Principal)
Chris Davis (Senior Design Associate)
Adam Frankowski (Assistant)

General Contractor:
Ralph Lawrence

Kitchen Cabinetry and Concrete Work:
Neoform Cabinetry (Lucy Chapman and Frank Prendergast)

Structural Engineer:
Buchan Parent Lawton Ltd., Ottawa

Fire Code Consultant:
Morrison Hershfield

Photolux Studios (Christian Lalonde)

Ramtin Attar