The project is a second home to a Manhattan art dealer and his family in their native Stockholm. The space is an apartment for living and not an art gallery. Nevertheless, the layout works perfectly for the display of art and social gatherings.
To optimize spatial flow and function the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms had to be fully or partially repositioned in relation to their original arrangement. The result was a continuous spatial circuit with one section open and the other private.
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From a generous entrance hall there is direct frontal access to the living room. On either side of the hall is access to more private areas. The children’s bedroom to the left and kitchen to the right. A passage leads off from the kitchen, leading through to the master bathroom and another bedroom via a walk-in closet. From both kitchen and master bedroom there is discreet access to the living room.
The main living room area consists of a succession of rooms/galleries that can be subdivided by sliding doors to suit different social situations.
The original neo-classical style of the building is maintained while modern additions do not attempt to mimic the old but rather exist in contrast. For instance the ceiling’s original plaster covings have been retained but modern, state-of-the-art spotlight tracks are recessed and concealed. Another example is the new fireplace made of limestone slabs, corelating with the original style of the building, while the actual design of the stove is completely without superficial decoration.
The space demonstrates the harmonious relationships between space, objects, and art. The steps that were taken to ensure continuous space and proportions deserves attention. Claesson Koivisto Rune have the ability to create relaxing beauty and timelessness in their projects, and this apartment reflects this. – SOA Culture