Urban apartments rarely have that warm and cozy ambiance that’s usually specific to rural houses. It is however possible to transfer those characteristics from one type of building to another. Apartment UV designed by Open AD – Architecture and Design is proof of that. The apartment is located in Riga, Latvia and was designed in 2015. The project was focused on the reconstruction of three townhouse-type buildings, one of which houses this loft apartment.
The dsigners took advantage of the fact that the apartment has a high ceiling to give it a particularly interesting look. They chose an industrial style for the space with Dutch and Scandinavian influences. A key feature for the social area is the presence of exposed brick walls. They’re highlighted by the black furniture which provides a clean and strong contrast.
A small dining table for six is positioned in front of the window. It takes advantage of the bright and fresh decor and it makes the space feel extra cozy thanks to its natural wood top. At the same time, the metal frame and the pendant lamp maintain the industrial look.
The black kitchen island acts as a space divider, separating the functions and serving a double purpose. On one hand, the island haas a built-in sink and cooktop which make a cooking accessory. On the other hand, it has a bar-height table extension which lets it be used in combination with bar stools. This gives it a casual appeal, suitable for an entertainment zone.
The social and private spaces are separated by a hallway. There’s a really interesting and smooth transition between these two zones. You can see how the brick walls end to make room for metal and glass partitions and how they gradually turn into smooth painted walls.
The partitions and doors featurd here are similar to shoji screens. They look really cozy and welcoming, offering privacy without dividing the space in a very definiteve manner. They’re a suitable option for bedrooms in general.
The bedroom has white subway tiles and very little furniture. The sink is mounted on the wall and has a storage shelf beneath and there’s not much else to see in here. The space is mostly kept open and cluter-free.