All about intermediate spaces and worn places

May 31, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Last modification: May 31, 2022, 11:24 a.m.

In architecture, intermediate spaces do not receive much attention, most of the attention and conservation is concentrated on the main spaces of a home.

Living spaces should have a flow that confers functionality and also expresses the personality and taste of its inhabitants.

When it comes to ideating a new home, most homeowners tend to focus most of their curative efforts on the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.

Foyers, powder rooms, pantries, dry kitchens, hand washing areas, utility spaces, study nooks, as well as walk-in closets and changing rooms often come into consideration in the end.

According to Studio Morphogenesis President Shahla Kabir, the hardest thing in interior design is aligning the aesthetic talent of the architect or designer with the desires of the client. Miscommunication is the death knell for interior design efforts.

TBS has curated a handful of in-between spaces that strike the perfect balance between form and function.

Comfortable seating areas should be installed next to windows to ensure natural lighting. Photo: Lilium


Comfortable seating areas should be installed next to windows to ensure natural lighting. Photo: Lilium


An entrance hall gives the first impression of your home, it can serve as both a welcoming bedroom and a great opportunity to give your home designer character. Tiny home foyers tend to feature accessories such as shoe racks, stools, and cabinets.

The ambience of any home can be greatly enhanced by adding warm lighting, hanging artwork, or placing a mirror for one last look at yourself before you leave.

The latter is doubly effective as foyers generally tend to be cramped spaces and a well-placed mirror can give a very efficient illusion of space.

According to Shahla, the hearth is an introduction to home and as such it should give some insight into your values ​​and tastes.

She also explains that it’s better to partition off a lobby, allowing delivery people to relax, rather than keeping them standing outside.

Lilium co-founder Zaima Abrar Sultana provided TBS with a shining example of a stylish little foyer that has been carefully curated to provide space.

She said: “The client wanted a large entryway and a shoe cabinet that could store a lot of shoes. I made a long shoe cabinet and gave it legs so the cabinet would be lifted off the floor. eyes to travel under the cabinet and makes the space look bigger than it is.”

She further explained that it also helps the furniture look like a console table rather than a shoe cabinet.

The positioning of the knobs in the middle of the cabinet doors also makes it look more like a console than a cabinet.

She decorated it with textured wallpaper and two lamps on both sides of the cabinet, along with a runner and some accessories that match the overall vibe.

Managing Director and Design Partner of Studio Morphogenesis Architect Minhaz Bin Gaffar says homes are also a great place to weave personal items and keepsakes.

He recalled a client who incorporated a door knocker that had been passed down to his family in his lobby, giving the client a daily reminder of his mother whenever he came and went from his home.

Fireplaces should not be a closed space in themselves. They work best as anterooms and introductory spaces to the rest of the home.

Lilium’s open floor plan lends itself quite well in this regard and achieves this with a simple partition.

Zaima said this foyer was open and connected to the formal living room in its original floor plan. She added a score for many reasons.

First, the separation between the foyer and the formal living room made the space more sensible.

Second, the partition allowed him to add something like a window seat that can double as a shoe cabinet downstairs. She also put a stylish single sofa and a table which is often needed in an entryway.

The switchboard was coated in a plain gold paint that complemented the hand painted wall art.

Additionally, the beveled glass detailing and intricate woodwork of the partition gave it a luxurious look.

Shower room and sink

These spaces are primarily reserved for the use of customers. Thus, in small houses, they have a common bathroom rather than a dedicated shower room.

The main attraction of a powder room should be a well-equipped, spacious and easy-to-maintain powder room and washroom (flush toilet), with particular attention paid to vanity lights to maximum comfort.

Shahla Kabir particularly loves the aesthetic and creative washrooms and avenues that allow her and her clients to express themselves.

She said: “The powder room is essentially an extension of the hospitality of the host. The guest can truly express themselves in this space as it is exclusively for guests and visitors.”

Lilium excels at seamlessly integrating wet rooms that don’t disrupt the flow of space or clutter your home.

As for the powder room itself, Zakia went on to explain, “The powder room was very compact in size. To make it look spacious visually, I opted for a marble table with legs. wood for the sink to avoid a typical cabinet that would have made the space look crowded.”

She said she added a mirror to the set on one side of the bathroom with the sink wall and kept the other walls white.

“Even though everything is kept simple, adding an antique chandelier to one corner of the basin table and placing the basin on the other side (instead of it being in the middle) really gives it a touch of style. “, she added. .

If you’re short on space to install a proper wet room, a simple, neat sink can also serve very well. It is one of the most retrograde interior design standards that persists in our culture due to the scarcity of interior space.

Zaima shared an example of animating a sink area. “A wall in a cottage-themed guesthouse hung from a sink. To give it a quick and inexpensive facelift, we covered the tile with a plank and painted it white to match the other walls, we made a wooden table with a marble worktop and set the basin aside.”

She said they also added antique knobs on a real and a fake drawer. They further decorated the space with a gray framed mirror, a sconce (a kind of light fixture), a basket for storing towels, a candle and a soap dispenser. Below, there is a trash can and a basket to collect dirty towels.

Shahla personally does not prefer sinks to be installed next to dining rooms or living rooms. She brought up a salient point regarding the fact that no one wants to see or hear the act of cleaning up others.

She advises a sink to have at least a semi-visual partition if space cannot be negotiated. However, the sink area can be beautiful with the use of proper lighting, a mirror, overhanging cabinetry, and well-finished materials.

Dressing room and walk-in closet

These spaces tend to be a very intensive interior design feat as everything has to be drawn and designed according to the client’s needs.

Thus, granular details such as the type of wardrobe and the accessories that will be stored there must be taken into consideration for a comfortable but calculated storage space and dressing room.

The Studio Morphogenesis team opted for a bespoke dressing room for Abiana, a residential complex designed by architect Rafiq Azam in Baridhara.

The client, who had very specific requirements, informed the design team of his collection of ties, shoes and watches.

The closet was custom designed with all of this in mind, for example, a drawer exclusively designed to house and display watches.

All this must be supported by good lighting and a streamlined ventilation system that keeps out humidity and odors.

Office area and cozy lounge area

These spaces are necessary not only for the contemplative and studious types, but also for those who work from home.

If space is available, it should be installed next to windows to ensure natural lighting.

Otherwise, curating this space comes down to tasteful choices of different lighting, armchairs, shelving and tables, according to Shahla Kabir.

Usually, people try to make their family living space a relaxing and comfortable place. However, large-scale residences tend to have in-between spaces in bedrooms – in front of interior staircases or right next to verandas and terraces.

These spaces offer an exciting chance to design comfortable sitting areas with armchairs or sofas with coffee tables and small shelves for family members of different ages.

Pantry and dry kitchen

Studio Morphogenesis’ Abiana project also sports a wonderful and functional pantry addition to their kitchen.

Architect Minhaz explained what makes or breaks a pantry is its positioning and the service routes into and out of it.

The main attraction of a powder room should be a well-fitting, spacious and easy-to-maintain washroom and washroom. Photo: Studio Morphogenesis

The main attraction of a powder room should be a well-fitting, spacious and easy-to-maintain washroom and washroom.  Photo: Studio Morphogenesis

The main attraction of a powder room should be a well-fitting, spacious and easy-to-maintain washroom and washroom. Photo: Studio Morphogenesis

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