Architecture & Interior Design

Prague Flat 2

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 2, designed as a Pied-A-Terre, was designed with a wood-clad ‘nest’: a sculptural volume with minimal detailing, again contrasting the intricate existing details of the neo-renaissance building. Perched above the kitchen and bathroom. the ‘nest’ holds a queen-size bed platform as well as a closet, wardrobe and a hidden area for mechanical equipment. The volumetric puzzle to resolve the required headroom was carefully worked out in section to maximize the available height as well as contain the services for the space in an elegant and minimal object.

Date Completed: 2014
Size: 400 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