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Studio Apartment Restoration by ORA Architects

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring again – referencing the classic Kim Ki-duk movie the Czech architects ORA had created an enigmatic, full of spirit place where walls may be imaginary but beautiful constructs and style are very much present.

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The property that the designers and architects took and restored from scratch is a former school building located in small Czech town named Mikulov – famous for its natural surroundings and good wine. The original lecture hall was built in the nineteenth century but during the communism the beautiful construct was covered with cement and divided into separate flats. The architects took upon themselves to restore the original old spirit and charm of the space by adding contemporary comfort and stylish functionality. And they succeeded.

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The space offers an eclectic fusion between modern artistry and beautiful old-time woodwork, between vintage ornament and furniture pieces and the creative functionality of the brutalism era. The attic premise may be simultaneously segmented by steel frames in a steady rhythm, hanging there as unfulfilled doorways and at the same time cloistered in the nudge of wooden coziness and uninterrupted float of space. The dark brownish accent repeats itself throughout the whole space – in the dark wood, in the animal skin rugs, in the vintage leather chairs, in the hanging staircase and brings warmth and elegance to the white base of the color solution. White background, dark brown features and furniture and gray metal frame elements are stylish and characteristic design choices that create unique contemporary atmosphere to inhabit. This project has multiple faces – old historical soul, contemporary art features, functional, stylish architecture and a hint of a fashionable mountain lodge – and all of those faces are beautiful and clear. Photographs: Jan Žaloudek

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