Project by: Robert Gil, Casa Kids
Last year I wrote about two common approaches to shared kids' bedrooms: creating one cohesive space for both kids or creating divided, private spaces within a room. Roberto Gil, founder of Casa Kids, gave the best of both worlds to his clients, sisters in downtown Manhttan, with this creatively designed room.
Here's how Casa Kids describes the project:
Roberto has manipulated the relatively small space to create an environment where the two sisters who share it can enjoy private and common space in equal measure, imparting a powerful sense of autonomy for each sister. They both enjoy a private area for sleep and study, as well as their own nooks and niches, scaled specifically to their smaller frames and shorter vantage points. Providing the sisters with a sense of privacy and belonging, while still allowing them to come together in the central area that’s created by the symmetrical staircases that surround it, is the chief accomplishment of this design.
In addition to effectively creating two rooms within a room, the design is a powerhouse in terms of storage. Roberto has built deep drawers into each bed, in addition to the drawers that double as stairs within the identical staircases. The room also features endless shelving and a three-tier closet that stands more than nine feet high. The U-shaped staircases offer increased safety as children climb up and down, as well as make it easy for parents to access their children’s beds when it’s time for laundry, bedtime stories or cozying up next to sleepy faces.
Roberto has dubbed the design an example of “Children’s Architecture” because of the way it mimics large-scale architecture on kid-size terms.
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(Images: provided by Casa Kids)