Writing about our own projects tends to get quite technical. As the authors of the design, we try to explain what we did. What changed. How it was done.
Writing about interiors designed by architects we admire, is different.
We write about things we notice.
We carefully go through every image of the interior noticing all the wonderful details, while creating sentences to describe our impressions.
We write about the effect of the interior. About emotions it evokes and thoughts it inspires.
And it’s really not that hard to notice amazing design.
We just glanced at this photograph and knew this interior must be great.
Think about it. There is this big, wooden truss on the ceiling, combined with contemporary, wonderfully designed bookshelf – with a movable part! Why is it movable? What about that truss? We don’t see that type of structure often. We had to know.
And we were so right.
This apartment is located in a former monastery which was built in 1719. and converted into an apartment house in the 20th century.
The apartment is old. Things in the apartment are new.
Thick walls, window niches, ceiling, chimney, fireplace – those are the „old elements of the apartment“. Even hardwood floor. It might be new, but it is traditional. Also floor tiles: new, but inspired by old fashion pattern (which is actually one of our favorites these days).
And then, there is furniture. And art. And lighting fixtures. And decorations. As contemporary as they get.
The contrast between old and new works so beautifully because there’s a clear idea of what is old and what is new.
And you know how much we love clear ideas so it comes as no surprise we are simply infatuated with this full height bookshelf that serves as a home library. Especially because we think useful room dividers are almost always a good choice.
Part of the library is able to rotate, creating a secret door to the bedroom suite behind. But notice it’s not the only entrance to the bedroom. You see, unconventional solutions are welcomed, as long as they don’t complicate everyday life. It is wonderful to live in a creatively designed space, but it has to be user-friendly.
That part of the bookshelf provides a fluid connection between private and social part of the apartment. The open plan makes perfect sense because the apartment is currently inhabited by a childless couple.
We often say interior design is not just about space arrangement but also time arrangement. This apartment is the perfect example.
It is only currently inhabited by a couple, and it is adapted to the couple. But with simple interventions, it could be easily converted into three bedroom apartment. How amazing is that?
In the private part of the apartment, behind this beautiful bookshelf, is hidden* master bedroom suite. It consists of a bedroom, wardrobe and en suite bathroom. What we love about this space is the wooden cube – the part of the bathroom that is actually an addition to the existing construction and it is covered with wooden panels.
*because doors that are hidden in the bookshelf usually leads to a secret room
Notice how it is lower than the rest of the construction? This is a great way to separate a new structure from the existing one, plus, with this simple trick, the room seems bigger than it is.
And how amazing is every little detail in this apartment? You should really go check out other projects from JRKVC.Design: JRKVC
Architect: Peter Jurkovič
Location: Trnava, Slovakia
Floor Area: 100 m²
Photographer: © Peter Jurkovič