Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Type: Apartment in a residential building
Year of renovation: 2014
Photographer: Iztok Hvala
The apartment is located in one of the central districts of Ljubljana, near the railway station. It holds the corner position in the second floor of the building and faces the east and south. Before the renovation the apartment was in a good condition, but the arrangement was very impractical for a young couple as the apartment had only three spaces: a large living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The new layout has a separate bedroom and a small office or child room, while the large living room include the dining area and the kitchen. The bathroom arrangement was left unchanged because moving plumbing would make quality questionable. The bedroom is facing east, thus allowing to be waken up by the sun rays if the blinds are not shut. This room has limited furniture because the size of other spaces was prioritised to fit the needs of a working couple.
Since young people often work as freelancers and from home, the office room holds the corner position, ensuring plenty of daylight coming in through the two windows. The illuminated space would also be appropriate for a child room.
The living room features two windows as well and faces south to allow maximum daylight exposure even in the late afternoon hours, when people usually come home from work and gather in the kitchen or dining area to eat. The bathroom and kitchen are made of high-quality materials, because the clients prioritised longer durability for those spaces as subsequent kitchen and bathroom renovations often turn out to be very complicated and consequently costly.
The apartment was designed to fit the needs of a modern young couple, namely, practical and aesthetic design and furniture, sustainable and quality materials in kitchen and bathroom, a lot of storage units, plenty of natural light as well as maximum efficiency in space usage in order to seemingly increase the space size.