• Downtown apartment reconstruction

    Downtown apartment reconstruction

    Interior design and reconstruction of a stylish apartment in downtown Bratislava.

Design

The apartment is located at the heart of Bratislava downtown and was built after the World War II. Originally, it was a part of a larger apartment. Former owners decided to split it into two smaller apartments. Interestingly, though, the area of the reduced apartment is still larger than the majority of the newly built housings of these days.

Interior design has been inspired by the history of this place and its traditional architecture from the past century. Moreover, beautiful high ceilings have further contributed to the unparalleled atmosphere and charisma of this place.

You will find elements of Scandinavian style masterfully distributed throughout the whole interior together with elements resembling iconic models and designs of 50’s and 60’s. Even though the apartment was completely reconstructed and remodeled, we were still able capture the essence of this place in our interior design.

118 m2

of living space

1

month to design

9

months to deliver

118 m2

of living space

1

month to design

9

months to deliver

Living room

“The key to great design is capturing the spirit of the client and the essence of the space.”

At the heart of the apartment is the main area – living room with direct access to two bedrooms. Master bedroom is accessible via frameless door with concealed hinges. The living room design is rather simple with no extra furniture. We only find here a comfortable sofa, a couple of poufs, a TV and beautiful dining table made of smoked oak with eight chairs. Over the table hang two brass chandeliers with industrial lightbulbs.

Materials

Material scheme is rather simple. The dominating colors used throughout the whole interior are for the most part shades of gray in combination with solid wood. Neutral gray color creates a nice contrast with the warm oak wooden flooring. Interior accessories are again either in shades of gray of carmine.

Lacquered oak

Lacquered oak

Floor

Sprayed MDF

Sprayed MDF

Panels

Dark/smoked oak

Dark/smoked oak

Furniture

One can only find the finest high-quality materials in the interior. Majority of furniture is made of sprayed matte MDF or smoked/painted oak wood.

Disposition

Original layout of the apartment wasn’t exactly up to the latest standards and needed an update. It was large enough but the space wasn’t utilized efficiently. We, therefore, updated the disposition to create more meaningful space. After the upgrade, living room and bed rooms now face the southwest whereas the rest faces northeast.

  • Pôdorys

    Plan

    • Hallway
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
    • Toilet
    • Loggia
    • Technical room
    • Living room
    • Bedroom
    • Wardrobe
    • Home office

Hallway

The hallway in this apartment has more uses than just merely interconnecting the rooms. It was designed as a place for breakfast and daily routine of the household members, and flower arrangements. The design offers a modern look with a traditional retro twist. You can find here retro looking wall panels combined with flat white surfaces.

Decorations

As it’s probably apparent by now, owners have a really good design taste. That’s why you’ll find a lot of nice interior decorations and details in their home, such as flower arrangement made by Papaver studio, brass bulb holders in the hallway or some other Scandinavian style accessories supplied by Wemal.

Master bedroom

Inside, the master bedroom holds a large bespoke double bed made of solid oak wood. Seemingly simple design of this bedroom hides a lot of neat details and improvements, such as cute bedside tables, carmine wall lamps, blackout curtains and much more than that.

Wardrobe

A large unused space in the bedroom allowed us to implement a men’s and women’s wardrobe. It holds a large storage space inside with a giant mirror and interesting interior lighting. Both owners love this wardrobe solution.

Kitchen

Owners wanted to have a large and modern kitchen with a window and bathroom with a toilet and shower plus one separate toilet in the hallway. There wasn’t enough space to fit all of that, so we had to cut some corners. In order to do that, we had to rearrange the internal space. We moved the kitchen away from the window and placed it next to the bathroom. Then implemented giant glass wall to let the natural light in.

The kitchen design is nice and clean with plenty of storage space and room for the appliances. Kitchen cabinets seamlessly transform into wall panels with storage room and technical room hidden behind them.

Bathroom

A giant glass wall separating kitchen and bathroom lets the beams of light in and allows the whole space to be better lit with natural light. To keep the privacy in the bathroom from the inside, we employed curtains covering the glass wall and the glass door. On the other hand, we employed frosted glass window to do the same from the outside.

Details

Good design is all about the details. We tend to add a lot of them wherever we can. Inspired by the iconic brands and designs of the last century, we selected brands like Danish VOLA with their famous carmine kitchen tap or iconic Berker Serie 1930 light switches made of glossy porcelain.

Furniture

Interior furniture comprises a mix of custom-made pieces and models made by well-known brands. Designing the furniture from scratch allowed us to have a great deal of flexibility and full control over the look of the whole apartment. Furniture design borrows colors from all around the apartment. The combination of oak wood and other materials creates a nice harmony and gives the interior a balanced feel.

Andtradition In between Chair

Andtradition In between Chair

Chair In between was designed by Finnish designer Sami Kallio. As the name suggests, the interplay between positive and negative space is central to In between. It is made of solid smoked oak and form pressed veneer with upholstered seat. Its back and side panels provide a concrete shape and support, but forms are created equally by the gaps in between them.

Project and realization

This two bedroom apartment was completely reconstructed and remodeled from the ground up. Some of the inside walls were removed and some added – just to create a new modern layout.

We also replaced old window frames and solid wooden flooring, legacy heating system was replaced by the new one with precise temperature control and remote control. The Inside wiring and water pipes were redesigned from scratch and upgraded.

Luckily, we had enough time and resources to do a really precise and detailed work. Property owners have loved our design from very beginning and decided to give us a more breathing room. As a result, our designers have done a great job designing the whole space and furniture pieces. Having a luxury of freedom when designing is always a good thing. Overall, the whole project took us one month to design and further nine more months to realise.

Photo: Marian Svitek/BOLD digital

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Contact

  • Archstyl architects
  • Černyševského 26
  • 851 01 Bratislava

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