Apartment with a Multifunctional Podium

The material-gentle, but spatially uncompromising solution significantly increased the living qualities of the cramped apartment on the ground floor in Prague. This project was both very specific and a personal matter – it was an apartment for our friend, and coincidentally also the founder of Studio U / U, which cultivates the public space of Czech cities, especially with excellent skateparks. Mutual trust was thus an important aspect of the design and implementation.

The basic principle of the complete reconstruction was to create a generous living space, which was created on the floor plan of the original kitchen, dining room and bedroom. The unification of the layout allowed light to enter from two directions and enhanced the visual contact with the greenery in the courtyard. The sanitary facilities and the entrance hall were also completely renovated, but their layout was not changed except for the removal of the door to the former bedroom.

The main and only room is dominated by two main elements representing two main functions: the kitchen and a multifunctional podium that serves as bed, storage, library, dressing room and bench. Wooden block for sleeping, pink block for cooking. The former bedroom has been de facto transformed into a platform, thus retaining its function with a slight exaggeration. The orientation of the bed and its higher position brings a pleasant and soothing view of the greenery. The platform forms the compositional basis of the space and its compactness promotes an airy and informal atmosphere.

The dialogue between the living and serving sections of the apartment is emphasised by the materials used and their unambiguous colour scheme. The bathroom, kitchen, toilet and corridor – all in potential contact with water – are defined by the pink colour of the furniture, tiles and cladding, while the storage areas and especially the multifunctional platform are made of birch plywood. For a softer feel to the apartment, circular light fixtures and mirrors were chosen.

Other images can be seen in the gallery down below

Birch plywood – custom-made furniture
Tiles – walls, floor
Lacquered MDF board – kitchen
HPL – kitchen countertop
Beech wood parquets – floor

Project location: Praque, Czech Republic
Project year: 2021
Completion year: 2022
Usable floor area: 44,5 m²


Construction: BORCI
Carpenter: Jan Fürst
Tiles: Archtiles

Photography by Radek Úlehla

Meaning and potential of architecture go far beyond visuality. Our mission is to fulfill 100% of this potential. We intentionally do not limit ourselves with typology, scale or budget. Regardless of whether it is a design of interior, building or urban structure, we work with immaterial relationships and meanings to create poetic spaces, pleasant places and innovative functional solutions.

David Neuhäusl and Matěj Hunal

Architecture is a complex, sophisticated structure and also a process of creating our environment, which represents values of our society. Therefore we strive for rationality, truth, naturalness and moderate beauty in our projects. We respect specific circumstances of any project, we thoroughly analyse every situation and its solutions and we go through countless dead ends to achieve the ideal result. Meaningfulness of the project and good communication are crucial conditions for a successful cooperation.

We engage in architectural competitions intensively. Besides designing we write, teach and research. We have established the best architectural competition for students in the Czech and Slovak republic. Whatever we do, we pride ourselves on quality, honesty and independence.