The spacious halls in an industrial build in Prague dating from 1924 and designed by Karel Bukovsky have been extensively modernized and are now home to 68 apartments, including the loft simply called “Loft F5.04”. The architects at SMLXL Studio have consciously retained the industrial feel of the former factory: beams on the ceilings, walls made of fair-faced concrete, and a floor made of light screed define the charm of the very bright rooms that are a full 3 meters high.
For the open kitchen, Klára Valová at Studio SMLXL chose an island of grey dyed wood with a white top made of the solid surface material Corian. The ensemble is rounded out by six white “Merano” chairs by Ton. The chair, designed by Alexander Gufler and shaped as if cast from a single piece, fits perfectly in the elegant, precisely detailed interior. A combination of solid base frame and bent plywood for the seat and backrest, the chair is light and requires no screws or metal parts. And “Merano” is very comfortable, as the two axes of the plywood sides are joined such as to allow give.
The minimalist interior of the “Loft F5.04” kitchen is subverted by two swings that hang by black ropes from the ceiling. They serve as an alternative to bar stools. The combination of grey concrete, dark-brown wood and white furniture creates exciting contrasts and gives the cool stringency of the former industrial premises a lighter touch. (am)