Guculska House / replus design bureau
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Guculska condo is a challenge by the Replus bureau that rethinks conventional Hutsulian ethnic model throughout the neo-renaissance Austrian atmosphere.
The challenge was about refurbishing and redesigning an outdated condo in a historic constructing within the coronary heart of Lviv on Hutsulska Avenue. The constructing itself was constructed in 1892-1896, so our challenge designers determined to maintain every little thing that survived in situation from these instances. Maintaining genuine elements and including some new ethnic parts created a way of time, highlighting the fashionable facets of this area.
Context. From the very starting, we had been restricted by extraordinarily slender and lengthy rooms, subsequently our main objective was to create a way of additional area via mirrors and proper furnishings positioning. The condo was in a sorry state, therefore the cracked ceilings within the kitchen and in the lounge needed to be eliminated. Above these ceilings, we found outdated wood beams that we stored. A few of them had been already rotten, in addition to the kitchen ground. We dismantled these elements and strengthened the construction. Having built-in underfloor heating, we lined the ground with pure marble tiles. Parquetry flooring within the rooms was additionally renovated all through the condo.
Wall sconces had been put in very fastidiously due to the small frescos we had discovered within the bed room. We scraped off quite a few layers of paint from the genuine late Nineteenth century doorways between rooms and varnished them. One other aspect to have been saved and repaired was a classic mid-Nineteenth century wardrobe. It turned black through the years, due to a number of layers of varnish. We determined to not contact the floor, we simply realigned it, made minor fixes, and left it because it was.
A historic range from the Levynskyi manufacturing facility was reincarnated in a giant open hearth. It was performed following a traditional expertise by Depend Rumford, a British inventor, the place a fire shouldn’t be deep and its angled sides mirror warmth into the room. It isn’t a typical expertise both in Ukraine or within the neighbouring international locations.
Designing this area, we had been making an attempt to retain a sure ambiance and spirit of an condo within the historic centre of Lviv. We additionally wished to intensify a pleasant neighbourhood atmosphere in Lviv’s typical courtyard the place neighbours talk from their balconies. As a part of that idea, we changed the home windows that face the courtyard utilizing giant aluminum frames that open extensive. The home windows on the principle façade had been replicated in accordance with an outdated expertise utilizing wooden and unique window fittings.
Kitchen. An enormous gentle multifunctional kitchen desk carries a sink, a cooking floor, and a few area to have breakfast or to make money working from home. Open walnut kitchen cupboards guarantee straightforward and fast entry to every little thing with out pulling any doorways.
Rest room. The toilet is small, so we needed to hold it unobstructed. There’s neither decor nor furnishings within the toilet, solely the necessities. We couldn’t think about a rest room and not using a window, as a result of it’s a very powerful room the place the day begins. We would have liked extra daylight, so an extra little spherical window was put in. The sink is supported by a burned log. We positioned a tub within the bed room to present an opportunity to benefit from the sounds of town with wide-opened home windows whereas taking a shower. It’s value to say that there aren’t any ceiling lights within the toilet, within the kitchen and in the lounge. The air con system was positioned within the attic above the condo.
Bed room. The bed room’s format was altered to isolate the youngsters’s room. A partition was made with the door reinstalled, glass added on the prime, and cloakrooms organized on the sides. The condo’s proprietor wished to make use of two wood beams faraway from an outdated Hutsul home within the nation. These beams with engraved inscriptions originate from the home that was constructed by the proprietor’s grandfather. Because the outdated home doesn’t exist anymore the beams are of particular significance and create a hyperlink between the household generations.