Apartment Bulevardi 1 was once home to a bank and then an insurance company, transformed by Saukkonen + Partners in Helsinki, Finland. One of the first and biggest challenges associated with the conversion was to remove the thick steel door in the former bank vault, so the apartment could be a contemporary home for a couple in their late 30s with busy careers. “We had to cut it up into small pieces so we could get it out. It was hard work. So big that we were considering letting it sit and use it actively in the interior design. But it would have a great look down the hall to the couple’s library, which is located in the former bank vault,” explains the architect responsible for the renovation.
Scandinavian tradition was a term that fell into place well with the image the owners had of their future home. Both worked long hours and they wanted a home where the basic functions are excellent, but not out of range. Therefore, the 2,368 square foot (220 square meters) apartment was designed with just a single bedroom and toilet/bath (with sauna, of course – we are well in Finland), while on the other hand, the space was used to make accommodations that reflect the owners’ interests in the form of library, a functional kitchen, a large living room and, not least, a smoking room for the man. Here he can enjoy a cigar and be sure that the strong ventilation shall ensure that there is no smoke in the rest of the apartment.
The decor is a mixture of classics, especially from Finland and Denmark, for example, Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair, Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen, Eero Aarnios Ball Chair and custom made furniture.
The apartment was very violated after being an office for many years, so we have worked to recreate the style of the original building in 1894, states the architect.
This involved brand new stucco ceilings, as one of Finland’s most skilled plasterers have done, which in turn, opened a possibility to hide all installations, wiring and cables for television, computers and the like.
The only thing we now see on the walls and ceilings, in addition to sockets, lamps and artwork, are the statutory fire alarms. It gives a purity that fits to the bright and light furniture, giving light free access through the large windows, which also opens up a nice view of one of Helsinki’s central parks.
Photos: Courtesy of Saukkonen + Partners
TLV Get Away is a stunning one off design apartment situated just behind Rabin Square in a quiet tree lined street in central Tel Aviv, Israel. This is a fabulous location for a cultured and convenienced lifestyle offering 24 hour restaurants, bars and supermarkets nearby. The apartment is situated on the second floor and enjoys a quiet outlook over the rear courtyard. Constructed in 2013, the 968 square foot (90 square meters) home features two bedrooms and one bathroom, lounge and balcony.
This sensational urban apartment is listed for sale at $1.95 million, from here.
Photos: Itay Sikolski
This stunning apartment is owned by a couple who discovered their home on the outskirts of Santander, Cantabria, on the north coast of Spain. It’s a bottom level home with a garden and, although it is has had some recent construction, the owners decided to reform it with the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design (Consultores de Proyectos y Diseño), to achieve a more creative environment. The owners, two young cosmopolitans, love to travel and have a weakness for good food, that is why they wanted a space that would reflect their passions and where they could enjoy comfortable entertaining. Distributed on one floor, the cozy apartment features an open plan area to enjoy daily activities and a more private area with a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
The living room and the kitchen are open to each other, although they are separated by an island located in the center of the room, which serves as a dining table while providing an extra work surface. Discrete touches of modern industrial style, inspired by New York lofts, fit into a coherent atmosphere, full of nuances. The elongated, original windows of the house, were perfect to create charming spaces connected with the garden.
The decoration is predominately neutral. The decorative accessories, acquired by the owners in their extensive travels, define the lines of a cosmopolitan style, a very experienced but welcoming style. A space without complications, a comfortable distribution with tailor-made solutions.
The bedroom en-suite, is decorated in hues of gray and white. There are two elements: the gas fireplace recessed in the wall — a double-sided model that has been installed between the living room and the bedroom — and the mini desk in the corner.
Through the dressing room, with two areas that are open and organized, gives access to the bathroom, a space that flirts with the rustic tendencies. In short, this apartment boasts of an exquisite look, built through small delicious details.
Photos: Mi Casa
The Brick Loft House was once a dingy looking office unit that received a complete overhaul by architecture firm FARM, situated in Joo Chiat Ln, Singapore. The new owners saw the potential of this apartment and so did the architects. Situated on the second storey of a shophouse unit in the charming JooChiat area, the architects wanted to reinvent, with a localized design language, the concept of a chic industrial loft.
From the onset, we knew the importance of bringing light and the sense of lightness to the space within. The apartment has to feel as if it’s suffused with light. To do that, walls were knocked down to create an outdoor verandah area upon entry. Huge timber framed glass sliding doors are used to further increase light porosity. Generous amount of louvres are used at the rooftop to bring in more light to the mezzanine bedroom.
The feel of the industrial is brought out through the sensitive use of building materials and the reinvention of their vocabulary and usage. Taking a cue from concrete ventilation blocks found in old houses, we updated the look with a new custom-made pattern. This pattern is then abstracted and transformed again and brought into the living area via a laser-cut metal screen folding door.
The old plaster of the house was also peeled off to reveal bricks in their original gritty but charming condition. What are ‘industrial lofts’ without some bricks eh? Then using the idea of these bricks as basic building blocks, we created continuous wall shelving with a similar structure and framing. The key unmissable feature in the apartment is the spiral staircase constructed entirely out of metal, spray-painted all glossy white, and with its balustrade in the dangerously-sexy form of a curving brick wall.
Photos: Jeremy San TzerNing
This contemporary condo in Vancouver, British Columbia’s Coal Harbour, a secondary residence for a family of four, showcases the recent efforts of designer Gaile Guevara on curating lifestyle shifts from suburban living to urban living. The designer gutted the entire 1,333 square foot interior down to the framing and completely redesigned it, with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and all new finishes and fixtures throughout. The open den was also re-framed into a deluxe den.
I’m not a fan of contrast when designing small spaces unless it serves a visual function, and keeping the interior color palette quite means minimal variation between materials and finishes. Painting a single color on all vertical surfaces created a visually seamless continuation between rooms. To further de-clutter any visual mess, we painted all the electrical and mechanical details (think baseboard heaters and HVAC grills) to match the walls.
Continuing with this impression of seamless transition, all the existing carpet was replace with wide plank floors of engineered hardwood, with the exception of the bathroom and master en-suite.
Panelized walls with integrated flush doors and recessed pulls make a great customized feature, as showcased in the entry foyer of this condo. The millwork paneling really becomes a beautiful wall texture and art piece of its own.
Photos: Eric Scott Photography
One Hyde Park is a luxury residential complex with one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, created by award-winning architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in London. One Hyde Park is an important 21st century addition to London’s architectural landscape — a landmark building that is iconic in form, celebratory in spirit and respectful to its environment. The building has been designed in four pavilions to create maximum light permeability throughout each apartment. The angled form of the architecture ensures breathtaking views from every internal space, without having to compromise on privacy or security.
The building is comprised of 86 apartments and duplexes – including four penthouses – and three retail units at ground-floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. Additional facilities for residents include a private cinema, private wine-tasting facility, bullet proof windows, purified air systems, “panic rooms”, 21 meters swimming pool, a squash court, saunas, a gym, a golf simulator, a wine cellar, room service and 60 trained staff on call 24 hours a day, and a business suite and meeting rooms. Renowned lighting artist, James Turrell has created a unified lighting concept that interacts with the development’s architecture. It includes perimeter lighting for the five glass stair and lift structures and a colorful light display (the LEDs are a mix of red, green, blue and white lamps that, when combined, can render every possible color in the spectrum).
Candy & Candy have exclusively designed all the communal areas including the spa and recreation facilities, the grand double-height reception space, Park Library and Serpentine Suite. Each apartment is finished to their exacting standards and they have carefully designed and assigned to each apartment either of the two exclusively designed base build palettes, light or dark. Each palette provides the perfect foundation on which residents can imprint their own interior design personality with the help of Candy & Candy’s design team if they so desire.
The apartments also include provisional writing for audio visual systems and visual systems and programmed lighting controls which will enable residents to select their preferred suppliers for all their personal audio visual requirements.
The vision of Candy & Candy is to create the most exquisite interiors for the most exclusive address in the world. Each apartment has been designed to reveal the beautiful and carefully designed proportions and every detail has been considered to ensure the experience of living at One Hyde Park is unsurpassed.
This fantastic cozy modern apartment is situated in Karlaplan, an open park-plaza area in Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden. The flat is comprised of 2,658 square feet of living space, featuring a spacious living room, large kitchen, two entrances, laundry room four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living room offers gray painted walls and beautifully painted ceiling with several windows. The lounge can accommodate a large dining area as well as social interaction via a large sliding door from that separates a guest room / study. From the hallway and kitchen with dark painted double doors is the master bedroom with a large walk-in closet hidden behind a wall with graphic patterned wallpaper and painted gray ceiling and walls. Next to the master bedroom is a bathroom with black matte mosaic on walls, black sink in seamless concrete , shower, toilet , storage and stylish Moroccan tiled floor. The entire floor breathes New York City and the Urban Life Style and has a very cool and sober impression with fantastic layout.
Photos: Alexander White
Olympia Center Penthouse has been designed by interior design firm jamesthomas, situated in Chicago, Illinois. This gorgeous two-level property is the conversion of two units into one cohesive, contemporary home, which allowed the designers to fully utilize all design resources: space planning, architectural design, project management, interior decorating, art procurement, custom furniture design and accessories. This fabulous home features a neutral design palette throughout and incredible city views through large expanses of windows.
Photos: Courtesy of jamesthomas, LLC
The CHWH Apartment, which translates to Cool Head, Warm Heart, is a high quality fit-out of a Bangkok penthouse apartment, designed by MCK Architects. With an emphasis on a sophisticated blend of clean architectural lines and contrasting finishes of quality materials to form a series of unique bespoke spaces. The application of a strong conceptual line of thought informed the process and shaped the final outcome being the Cool Head Warm Heart (CHWH) Apartment. The design offers a blend of respite from the Bangkok street with enough intimate areas that provide the ‘cosiness’ of a home. The owner was also genuinely involved in the design process and his ideals were often incorporated into the design and ultimately, into the finished product. Materials, furniture, furnishings and artwork were selected to sit harmoniously and to provide a high level of visual richness. The finished product is an amalgamation between contemporary and eastern ideals.
Photos: Willem Rethmeier
This attractive and luminous apartment we spotted on Skeppsholmen is located near the very exclusive area of Strandvägen (Swedish for ‘Shore Street’) in Östermalm, central Stockholm, Sweden. The flat offers an excellent floor plan layout comprised of 1,571 square feet (146 square meters) with a balcony and spacious terrace. The ground floor has a magnificent open plan kitchen with a large dining area and working fireplace. From the dining area, a door leads out to a balcony facing the pleasant courtyard. The tastefully designed kitchen has cast concrete floors and an adjoining wine room. Also on this level is a fabulous bedroom with a stylish bathroom. Via an elegant staircase, an accessible attic offers an open living area with access to a spacious terrace and adjacent separate working area. The living room features a beautiful fireplace with wide plank pine flooring. There are two bedrooms on the upper level, one with fireplace and adjoining walk-in closet. Another very lavish bathroom with beamed ceilings, sunken tub and shower.