“The project was born and developed around a warm central core, the old hallway of the house, which is modified and resized to be used as clothing and a large wardrobe communicating with all the other rooms. The name KÄRNA derives from this, it means core in Swedish. It is a place of transit and passage, with a strong identity, a welcoming soul of the house, it heats and identifies, through the use of wood in the cladding, every room it comes in contact with.”
Few dry interventions were carried out on the walls: the main ones were concentrated on the living area to eliminate a hallway that separated the kitchen and living room in order to create a single open space that crosses the entire apartment from one facade to the other. This made possible to maximize light penetration at all hours of the day. Natural materials have been used and colours work together to define light and spaces.
The living area is in natural Hungarian herringbone oak parquet with water treatment. In the other rooms and in the hallway the original parquet has been maintained, it has also been treated with water, in this way it obtains a lighter shade more homogeneous with the rest of the house. For the kitchen area, the background was given to the various parquet floors through the use of a grey microcement “carpet” which also responds to the issuue to have a functional floor in the kitchen.
All the furnishings have been designed by the architectureal studio. They all develop from the claddings and the wardrobes in the hallway, made of ash wood: the furniture of the master bathroom (in dove-gray color with a custommade rear-lacquered glass designed on the basin shape), the suspended wardrobe of the living room, also in dove grey and which conveys identity to the living area, and the kitchen, which combines warm materials (ash wood) and cold materials (the steel door of the built-in fridge, the white of all the work surfaces) put in relation the colours of the house and the living area it overlooks.