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A house. A staircase. A harp.

A house. A staircase. A harp.

Authors: arh. Mihail Neagu, arh. Tudor Corâci

Placări ceramice: Concept HUB
Vopsea decorativă: Murali Store
Corpuri de iluminat: Top Lighting (Bogdan Șerban)
Obiecte sanitare: Admina Prodcom
Mobilier customizat: Atelier 13 (Laurențiu Coceangă)
Scară interioară: Atelier Drag
Tâmplării exterioare: AlcoGroup
Photo: Sabin Prodan (Tryingtodoart)

Authors’ Comment

The project is a combination of the style specific to, based on surprising images, contrast and optical illusions, with the preferences of our client, that lean towards minimalism and order. The pictures taken at the end of the project’s execution reflect clearly the personality and lifestyle of the beneficiary. We realized a combination of open, ample spaces with a large storage capacity. The fluidity of the space is accentuated by the curved elements that hide numerous storage spaces, without making their presence obvious. The functional elements of the project create the framework on which the atmosphere is built.

The wooden floor is another unifying element of the house, reaching unexpected places, such as in the guest bathroom, where the wooden floor continues onto the wall. Generative lines are present in all the spaces of the house, bringing unity at the level of textures and colour. Spaces flow from each other, both within the same level and from one level to the next.

The harp staircase – the core of the house, the only element of continuity on the three levels emphasizes the fact that we are talking about a house, not an apartment. The staircase seems to melt at the base and becomes an undulating decorative element along the wall behind the sofa. The transparent/opaque alternation at the level of the stair railing creates a relationship between the staircase and the user similar to the one between an art object and its viewer. The stair ramp thus becomes something similar to a dynamic pedestal. The upper end of the harp creates an optical illusion by interrupting some of the wooden riffles, making a ludic impression between 2D and 3D. The staircase is also the first element encountered upon entering the home, directing the eye both vertically, towards the skylights, and horizontally, towards the living room.

The ground floor encompasses the entrance, the living room, the kitchen and the dining area, as well as a minimal bathroom. The living room offers a peaceful atmosphere through neutral, delicate colours and the use of white in various textures. The kitchen area is marked and highlighted by the use of wood of a distinctive colour, a delicate shade of marine blue. This colour is found both on the kitchen furniture and on the chairs around the dining table, unifying the two key elements. The lack of overhead cabinets contributes to the light atmosphere of the kitchen.

The first level of the house hosts the two bedrooms. The connection between them is realized at the level of the ceiling, painted in blue. This gesture may seem an "accident" at first glance, when it is encountered from the stairwell, but it can be understood once one steps into any of the bedrooms. The two material registers, wooden and white, in the bedrooms emphasize horizontality. Thus, the perspective viewed from the bed becomes the most important element. Mirrored skirting boards, found on most bedroom furniture, create the illusion of floating. The bathroom in the master bedroom stands out through the use of parquet flooring and the glass door, becoming an extension of the sleeping space, rather than a separate room.

The top level hosts an open office, offering a panoramic view over the neighborhood through generous, uninterrupted glazing. The predominant wooden texture is highlighted by blue accents, repeating the chromatic gesture from the other levels. The lower limit of the windowsill becomes the generative line of the horizontal accents in the room, marking the transition from the wood texture to transparent or white elements. The desk blends harmoniously with the delicate shape of the chairs and together they have a sculptural presence in the middle of the room, without burdening the atmosphere.