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STROM flat in Prague, Czech Republic by Formafatal

Project name:
STROM flat
Architecture firm:
Prague, Czech Republic
Principal architect:
Katarína Varsová
Design team:
Built area:
94,6 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Environmental & MEP engineering:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Massif oak – dining table. Concrete – ceiling. Black Terazzo – sills. Oak parquet – floor. Ceramics – walls of bathrooms. Metal – frames, pipes for cables, handrails
Tools used:
Residential › Apartment

Formafatal: The young couple approached us for advice while choosing their future new home. Finally, the choice fell on a spacious, more than 90 m2 large apartment, which required a complete reconstruction. The apartment is located in a functionalist house in the center of Prague, but also in the immediate vicinity of greenery.

The client's wish was to create a home that would provide a feeling of airiness and spaciousness and at the same time, they desired the possibility to separate the daily activities so the members of the household will not disturb each other.

By adjusting the layout, we obtained a large longitudinally illuminated living space. Thanks to the large windows, in connection with the layout improvement, it is possible to see the green treetops even from the central living part of the apartment. We played with see-through views both to the exterior and between interior spaces of the apartment.

The center of the layout is the kitchen with a solid oak dining table, which separates the living room and office room, later converted into a children's room. The bedroom is located in a separate block, interconnected to a day-lit bathroom.

We searched for the main interconnection motif of the interior together with the client and none of the thoughts was exactly what we desired until accidentally revealed a beautifully crafted concrete girder ceiling structure, partly with a visible drawing of a wooden formwork.

The new interior was created with respect to the existing elements of the apartment - concrete girder ceiling, massive long windowsills made of black terrazzo and renovated oak parquet floors. We followed these basic details with simple colors and materials - white, black, metal, concrete surfaces and oak wood.

The connecting furniture element in the main living space is the large and long library, passing through the entire width of the layout. The cables are situated in metal pipes along the ceiling profiles, design of switches and sockets (Berker range 1930) was chosen as a reminder to the classic rotary switches.

The walls of the bathrooms are lined with a matt ceramic mosaic, in fine tones of cream and dim green, complemented by a rough contrast in concrete washbasins, concrete screed on the floors in combination with black metal frames, faucets, handles and light fixtures.

About studio

We're team of friends – architects, designers and scenographers. We're creative studio focused on architecture, interior design, exhibition installation and product design. Studio Formafatal became the winner of THE INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2020 category in prestigious international competition DEZEEN AWARDS 2020

Formafatal studio was founded by architect Dagmar Stepanova, and the studio is now owned and led by Dagmar, Katarína and Jan. The complete team is now Dagmar, Katarina, Jan, Iveta, Dana, Anna, Debora, Petra and Lucie.

We create public spaces, where people feel cozy, and homes, that are tailored to the clients needs. All projects we approach individually and with focus on specific human needs and client’s requirements. Individual approach for each project is based on mutual understanding with the client, enthusiasm, natural collaboration and unified conceptual solutions. We solve projects complexly from creative concept to realization, with attention to detail.

The emphasis on sustainability is a matter of course in our projects. In our approach to architecture, we also consider and accentuate historical values that we always try to preserve.

Team of ten professionals is currently working on several commercial and residential projects not only in Czech Republic, but also across the world.
Formafatal studio has already won several domestic and international awards for their completed interior projects, such as Winner of ARCHITIZER AWARDS 2020 for Atelier villa Costa Rica, and other projects Art Villas Costa Rica, wine bar Autentista, night club Moon club, private flat Loft Hřebenky, or for argentinian restaurant Gran Fierro.

By Liliana Alvarez

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