“This project seeks to offer the apartment a functional core, point of attraction echoing the patio for this oriented and focused mono space,” explain Ubalt Architects.
A sharp steel staircase is the apartment’s main focal point, while also intertwining living room and library functions. A slab of black and white terrazzo acts as a base and forms a bench seat that is attached to the bottom of the stairs. The wall behind and underneath the stairs is clad with green marble tiles, and features skeleton shelving for books in the same material. Ubalt’s choice of pale jade colour offsets the staircase’s imposing form, with the light, bright shade giving the monolithic piece a more delicate air.
In reference to the staircase, Ubalt say, “This green screw will distribute light, spaces and materials throughout the apartment.”
The designer’s use of reflective or polished materials amplifies natural light throughout the apartment, along with strategically placed mirrors. Bright white walls give slight contrast to polished concrete floors, on which oversized slabs of the same black and white terrazzo used for the bench seat are dispersed.
A minimal kitchen features a stainless steel benchtop and island, while in the bathroom, basins and shower clad with marble add a luxurious touch to square subway tiles.
“The transition between interior and exterior spaces is blurring: the patio invades the entire ground floor space floor,” says the design team.
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