Model Apartment in Ljubljana by GAO Archiects

Architects: GAO Archiects
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Photo courtesy: Miran Kambic
Description:

Gao Architects designed the interior of the flat, based upon a story. Based upon a way of living an urban, dynamic and creative life in the core of the city. We associated the urban lyrics, colourfulness and liveliness of the passing trains with a sort of rough design of certain lofts which can imitate the modern way of living with it’s fusion of different decorative elements. They can reflect a very artistic way of living due to the choice of materials the architect makes.

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We opened up the living area and divided it from the hallway with a slightly transparent curtain wall. The center of the kitchen, the kitchen counter made from oak tree wood, is most definitely the heart of the apartment. We used a construction pier as a base for the kitchen counter which is built around it and which serves as a multifunctional element, offering not only a surface for cooking and serving but also as a wonderful socializing area.

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The space is therefore divided by the pier and so the living-dining room opens up to a beautiful atrium which was inspired by the Japanese gardens, but upgraded by incorporating some old wooden railway tracks as a sort of platform used for passing the garden and it’s fragile pebble decoration.

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Even in the interior the colours seem to resemble the dark tones of the panels, which construct the facade of the atrium. This works as a linking element for the interior and exterior.

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Further on the main hallway divides the more private area of the flat into three separate rooms, thus being the bedroom, the guest room and a smaller bedroom ideal for teens or children. The walls of the hallway are covered in wallpaper displaying birch trees. This elements makes for a soft transition from a public to a more private part of the flat.

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Each one of the rooms is defined with it’s own detail, such as a swinging chair, a boxing bag or a painting covering the central wall – but all of this comes together functionally with two large bathrooms and two wardrobes across the hallway.

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The whole artistic impression of the apartment is accomplished with photographs by Slovene photographers, very artistic pottery and diverse accessories.

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The overall image of this flat with a view of the Ljubljana castle and the slowly moving trains covered in colourful graffiti, radiates a certain artistic, dynamic and contemporary way of living in the capital of Slovenia.

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