Bruc Apartment / Cometa Architects
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Text description provided by the architects. A family of four with a passion for architecture and interior design sought an architect who can respond to a post-pandemic reality: ‘A work from home space that doesn’t affect the new uninterrupted floor plan.
The idea was to create a scenographic narrative using successive spatial perspectives created by full-height doors. At the same time, interrupt large amounts of light with small, darker atmospheres. Additionally, selecting a meaningful material that could blend in with precious items left over from the original interiors was a major decision.
This early 20th-century modern apartment with long interiors, long dark hallways, a separate kitchenette, several service rooms, and dark corners was a very complex knot to undo. A new distribution which required significant structural changes has been completed with brand new electrical, water and heating installations.
Lujiao corridor decorated with a series of custom-made doors is the backbone of the apartment. This space opens into a kitchen inspired by a “secret restaurant” where cooking is a meditative ritual for its owners.
The bright monolithic island is surrounded by dark lacquered cabinets. Access to the living, the ‘Great Hall’ of the apartment, where the precious ‘Noia’ floors have been restored, with contemporary lighting system and characterful furniture.
The main living opens to a dark chic wardrobe area and from there, to the en-suite bathroom. Specially made glass screens separate the wetted area from the rest, providing a supernatural feel. This complete design-build urban renewal includes: architectural concept, detail design, structural calculations, permits, project management, construction execution, and restoration work.