Architecture & Interior Design

Prague Flat 1

Located within a neo-renaissance building on the banks of the Vltava River, a large 3 bedroom flat has been home to both a single affluent family prior to 1948 and also four separate families, following the seizure of property by the Communist Government after 1948. This latter arrangement divided the flat up by square footage rather than function, resulting in a poor layout.

As a result of the transition to democracy at the end of 1989, the flat was recently restored to its original pre-1948 layout. Too large to move in the current market, the owners looked to redesign the space for new suitable tenants. The result: two separate apartments: one generous 1 bedroom + study apartment: Prague Flat 1. The other: Prague Flat 2, an efficient Pied-A-Terre studio. Once divided into smaller units, the 14’-0” high ceilings, seemed disproportional but also provided an opportunity to use the space efficiently, particularly in the Pied-A-Terre.

Prague Flat 1, designed for a professional with live/work needs, takes the original ornate detailing and treats it respectfully as a delicate shell. Lined with wood cabinetry and carefully placed wood-clad masses, it evokes the lush yet restrained woodwork of the Loos-ian era. The insertions of the kitchen and built-in millwork function as deliberately placed volumes to add both warmth and scale to the high ceilings and large rooms.

Date Completed: 2014
Size: 1220 sq.ft.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Design Team: Barbora Vokac Taylor, Dalibor Vokac, Leon Lai
Local Architect: Ing.arch. Zdenek Simonik, ZSA ZdenekSimonikArchitects
Contractor: fy. Sevin, Ing H.Kalivodová
Photo Credits: BVTa