A bookshelf connects and separates the living areas inside this 1930’s flat in Prague. This solution, sometimes used in the shared apartments of the students is not always inelegant, as Czech architecture studio DDAANN shows us in the renovation project of this apartment, in which the design team using the library as a strategic point in the organization of space.
The renovated property is located in the student district of Žižkov, (where Franz Kafka is buried), a lively, young and full of student district. The renovation meets the needs of a young married couple looking for “a connected space full of light”.
In the hallway there are doors leading to a dressing room, a toilet and a separate bedroom – or alternatively a study; but above all, at a core of the new arrangement – there is an open kitchen with a dining table. The bookcase separates and connects the main living area and an adjacent relaxation area with a small bedroom.
The bathroom consists of two separate rooms. The first is generously lit by a large window, the other serves as a spacious shower. The conceptual vision is further reflected on the joints and surfaces: the built-in furniture is made of bleached birch plywood tables with a thin edge; the materials include pastel blue and green tiles, light gray fusion floors or bright orange upholstery. This setting is completed by distinctive solitary furniture, decorations and plants. The apartment is spacious, airy and simple.