Remodeling projects can be as challenging as construction of a brand new building.
There are many ways to remodel an old, dusty apartment. But it can be difficult to choose the right one. The interior design should align with your space; otherwise, it’ll look clumsy and cluttered.
The following sections will explain how sculpta arhitectura transformed a postwar interior apartment into a smart and modern home while maintaining its aesthetic look.
The Transformation Process
1.The Existing Structure and Client Requirements
The chosen area for the project was previously a high-end residential area. This area was primarily defined in part by the cultural visions and aesthetics of the mid-20th century elites. The site was mostly covered in dust at the time the architects found it. However, most of the area, including solid wood flooring and walls, remained untouched.
The clients asked the architects to transform the historic apartment in a modern, smart home that preserves and enhances the value and aesthetics of the building.
2. What Has Been Done?
It was crucial to remove all unnecessary textures and colors from the apartment’s 52-square-meter space. This allowed the natural materials such as brass, wood, or white walls to shine without cluttering the space.
It boasts a minimalist design today, with white doors, white walls and a wooden flooring. If you look closer, you will notice that the floor is in a certain stereotomy. This perfectly matches the room design. The brass cornice inlays are aligned with the furniture lines, while the boards of parquet guide you to the passages.
If you’re a designer, you know that specific details deliver a unique look to the space. The brass plinth placed on top of the wall makes the apartment’s horizontal plane appear to be free-floating, defying the point at which the wall meets the ground. And the plinth renders the perfect “negative space,” giving the illusion of supporting the total weight of the walls.
A continuous perimeter path is also formed by the reflections of light hitting the plinth.
The doors are also free from sills but still stand tall, thus indicating the height of the space. The sills are replaced by a small brass band that meets the brass plinth at the ends. A perimetral sill was also placed on the outside of the white wooden windows to replace the frame.
And a harmonic metallic door, with the lines representing a “gate”, has been kept for preserving the relationship between the bedroom and living room. This is in keeping with the interior styles at the time.
The brass elements placed against the white background (infront of the kitchen) add depth to an otherwise small space.
3. Technology Use
Clients requested that the home integrate with smart-home tech. This allows the thermostats and lights, heating system, roller shutters, cooling system, and heating system to be remotely controlled. With a single button, the user can control all of them remotely.
4.Complementary Furniture With Decor
Solid oak is used to create the furniture that fits in with the timeless interior decor. The sculptural lights and round motifs create a sense balance that keeps everything from becoming overwhelming.
A tall luminaire, placed on the left side of the bedside table, highlights the oak wood bed. Its distinctive filiform design and high legs make it stand apart from the heavy-looking tables.
The architects have done a wonderful job in combining a modern smart home and the timeless look of a postwar era. All the elements support and communicate well with each other, and the viewer can focus on different elements to “create” the desired balance.