It has 62 sq m. The flat is located in a 100-year-old tenement in the Ołbin district of Wrocław. Its new space was designed by Kinga Łukaszyńska of re:build studio.
The interior was designed in an up-cycle spirit, so as to make maximum use of its potential and existing resources, i.e. wooden beech plank flooring, wooden door frames and stuccoed ceilings. The interior design was realised with a sustainable approach to design in mind, with the motto being that “the most sustainable building is one that has already been built”.
A conscious approach to ecology and recycling can be seen in every piece here. The sanding of the floor was commissioned from a professional company, which got rid of the oil paint, filled in the joints with wood flour and coated the floor with water-based varnish, which is an eco-friendly alternative to solvent-based varnish. It was decided to keep the wooden floor even in the kitchen, which makes the whole flat cohesive, with the kitchen seamlessly merging with the entrance area and the living room. The townhouse was built in brick construction, but it was decided to expose a small amount of brick, only in the area of the chimney, due to the precise alignment and the interesting thread of the bricks.
In total, the flat in the tenement in Wrocław is 62 sq m and has been divided into three rooms, a separate kitchen area and a wardrobe. The advantage of flats in tenement houses from the 1920s and 1930s is the high rooms and the two-sided layout of the flats, thanks to which each room including the bathroom has a window. The flat is divided into a living zone and a private one, where there is a dressing room with a bedroom and an office room. The space was designed for a Polish-Greek couple, hence the interior features hand-drawn sketches from their travels and Greek accents in the form of instruments – Bouzouki and Baglama.
The furnishings of the flat also fit in with the up-cycle concept. Most of the furniture dates back to the 1960s, with a walnut bookcase and a chest of drawers designed by František Jirák (Czechoslovakia), which look great after restoration of the lacquer. The well-known chairs by Rajmund Hałas have been carefully restored and given new upholstery, with attention to the detail of the seat piping. Lamps from Polish glassworks add a unique touch to the interior, while Danish Danform Curve Lounge Chairs and fixtures from the Polish brand Embassy complete the look.
The interior has been complemented by furniture fittings in emerald colour, blending perfectly with the ubiquitous wood. A recurring element in the interior is the large round handles, which are very comfortable to use, especially for those who cook every day.
About the studio:
Kinga Łukaszyńska runs her re:build studio with the principle that “the most sustainable building is one that has already been built”. In her projects, she tries to use as many existing elements as possible, which gain new life. One example is the office of a law firm, which we described HERE. – I am an architect with experience gained at home and abroad – in the design office of Fernando Menis in Spain and at university in Slovakia. The time I devote to a project consists of a diligent technical study, but also of consultation, research and often experimentation. Space is about function, proportion, rhythm, dominance, geometry, light and acoustics – in my projects, each of these points has its part in the elaboration,’ describes Kinga Łukaszyńska.
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