Attic by Superpozycja Architekci
Superpozycja Architekci were appointed to restore an attic in the historic centre of Gliwice, Poland. It was a tough challenge, as what they had to work with was "practically a ruin," according to the architects. But they were not discouraged, and carefully considered every little detail to make the reclamation project feasible and obtain the best possible result.
The first step was freeing up space for more practical use. The height of the ceiling was very important in this operation, making it possible to create a mezzanine level. Its height was the strong point of this apartment, making the space look bigger and permitting big vertical windows to flood the whole space with daylight, giving it a cosy yet luminous appearance.
While the ground floor contains daytime functions such as the living room, kitchen and bathrooms, the mezzanine is a more private area containing the bedroom, a walk-in closet and a small storage area.
On the structural level, the architects decided to keep part of the structure of the roof and the exposed brick already present in the building and use it as the base on which to build the mezzanine level. The wood left over from the demolition was used to make tables and other horizontal surfaces. Use of wood in this way clearly contrasts with the colour scheme in the interiors: in an all-white space, these dark, rough surfaces add a rustic note to a contemporary style in which many items of furniture are minimalist and blend into the walls and the space around them.
Location: Gliwice, Poland
Architects: Superpozycja Architekci | www.superpozycja.com
Project Team: Dominika Trzcinska, Michal Kotlowski, Superpozycja Architekci
Photos: Przemyslaw Skora | www.goodshot.pl