The apartment is designed for a young couple with a child and a cat. The aim of the project was to convey the feeling of recovery that appears during trips to tropical countries. That’s why we have chosen a free layout to make the apartment spacious and filled with natural light. Quiet and wetcore areas are separated by walls. The overall style is casual and a bit futuristic.
The monstera area is the main element of the living room. You can lower the canvas for the projector in this area. Visual connection with plants 1 creates a cosy atmosphere for daily meditation, and the family can enjoy watching favourite movies on the projector.
The waste sorting and composting system is an integral part of the kitchen. Kitchen floor and bathroom walls are tiled made of recycled plastic material. The dining area can be used as an office. It is equipped with a farm to provide the owners of the apartment with fresh greenery all year round.
We designed a “box” for your pet – a true secure island. Hiding is not a game but a behavioural strategy for cats. Such places give them shelter from unnecessary anxiety and attention.
The bedroom design naturally combines straight and smooth lines. The partition consists of glass blocks diffusing light in the bathroom and bedroom. The dim light combined with curved edges affects the pleasure centres in the brain — we subconsciously feel comfort when part of what is happening is a little hidden.2
The design of the child’s room is inspired by Pierre Cardin’s “House of Bubbles”. Warm colours and smooth shape of the room create an atmosphere of comfort and rest, and cosmic forms encourage children’s imagination. The walls of the room are covered with blackboard paint to let the child freely draw on them. The child’s fantasy of a tree house or a spaceship is integrated into the playing area.
- Plants in the interior are fractals, that is, they represent the “complexity and order” pattern. Their moderate image has a positive effect on our stress level and visual comfort (Salingaros, 2012; Joye, 2007; Taylor, 2006; S. Kaplan, 1988). See “dynamic and diffuse light“.
- This process is similar to the anticipation mechanism, which is supposed to explain why listening to music is so enjoyable — our brain simply likes to guess what might happen next. See “mystery”.