Rounded Loft by A1 Architects

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In most of the modern apartments and small houses, the different functional areas are often designed in a single boundless volume. Czech architectural firm A1 Architects has used the same motif to design the Rounded Loft in Prague. Apart from the private spaces such as bedrooms, the other functional areas are connected within one fluent space.

According to the architects, “It starts at the entrance hall with dressing wardrobes and slightly continues towards living space and kitchen with large dining table, the space is also opened to upper gallery which is meant for guests. To reach specific fluency of space we decided to round off some of the interior corners, which finally give the space its unique smooth character. Due to these softened corners one moves and feel simply free and the boundaries of walls somehow disappears. Even the staircase with integrated fireplace and library climbs up in rounded corner. The railing is made out of thin stainless steel net, so it is safe but even smooth and transparent.

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Next to the main continuous living space there are three bedrooms and one study room, and some storage spaces integrated mostly as built in furniture. The issue of materials was another important part of the project. Their main attributes are touchableness and pure naturalness. We chose carefully many of them together with clients at stone workshop and joinery. Most of wooden furniture were tailor made pieces. Beige large format tiles are used on all attic floors to support the feeling of continuity. We exposed as much of the wooden bearing structure as we could. The kitchen counter is made out of black granite stone which is next to bright marble on the wall behind. There is used walnut wood for the dining table and ash veneer for the light above. The living space is connected with the kitchen by raw grey plaster.”

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