Perforated House / Spacelab

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  • Architects: Spacelab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  134
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  DRE, Fox Dekorator, Walczak wooden floors
  • Architect In Charge: Agnieszka Deptuła
  • City: Puszczykowo
  • Country: Poland
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Perforated House / Spacelab - Sofa, Table
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Text description provided by the architects. The perforated house interior appeared in a completely rebuilt one-storey villa of the 1980s. The owners, who had been living there for a couple of years with their two sons, already planned a change of the inconvenient layout of rooms. 


The house was surrounded by vast arboreous garden and had a great location, which finally affected the investors’ decision - instead of constructing a bigger building in a new place, they decided to follow the laborious path of total reconstruction of the existing house. This choice meant that the interior together with installations could be totally rebuilt while the exterior could be left intact.  

Perforated House / Spacelab - Chair
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The design assumed leaving fragments of existing walls; the rest was demolished. The fireplace as the heart of the house remained in its old location, but it was opened from two sides. In Spacelab’s design, a rather nonfunctional living part was changed into a spacious living-room connected with the dining-room and the kitchen. Due to permeation of these areas, the architects cared very much about the kitchen melting into the living-room. A TV set was also not meant to disrupt the subdued character of the living-room, so it was built-in. It was also at that moment that the idea arose to create a graphic perforation in some selected furniture. The perforated theme was repeated in the kitchen and front panels of the wardrobe in the entrance hall. Doors with hidden casing, built-in furniture the same colour of the walls, hidden audio systems – all this was meant to melt into the interior, yielding priority to perforated ornaments. We might say that geometrical patterns took the place of paintings on the walls. Perforation looks different depending on the time of the day and lighting. At night, when the lights in the living room are out and lamps in the rooms at the back are turned on, these perforated walls look like giant lanterns.    

Perforated House / Spacelab - Lighting, Bed, Bedroom, Closet
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Kitchen chairs refer to this motive - geometric quilt is impressed on their seats. Interestingly, the chairs and the table, although they look like the designer’s harmonious matching, are the designs of various firms: Mannequin chairs are products of the Polish company Iker, while the table is a product of the Skandinavian team Muuto.  

Perforated House / Spacelab - Countertop
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The most characteristic piece of furniture chosen for this interior is the black armchair RM58 standing in the entrance hall. Designed by Roman Modzelewski, and despite being an icon of Polish design of the 50s, it was not produced in serial production. In 2012 the company Vzór got interested in the reactivation of the historic design of the RM58, and so it found its way into shops. The lamp near the armchair and lamps over the table are Caravaggio Lightyears’ design. In the heart of the house a comfortable Comforty sofa was placed, accompanied by a classic of design – the Gubi lamp. These interior design elements were found in the Ipnotic Store.

Perforated House / Spacelab - Sofa, Table, Chair, Windows
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Apart from the living part, the bedroom areas were also changed. The rooms of children and parents, formerly adjacent, were relocated in various parts of the house. The kids’ rooms are situated around a separate hallway, which gives all the family members even more privacy. Although the parents’ bathroom is small, it was covered by a mirror wall, optically increasing space. Even the heater hanging on the wall does not disturb the reflection of the interior, as it also has a mirror coating. 

Perforated House / Spacelab - Shelving, Door
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The changed house harmonizes well with the philosophy of contemporary hasty family life. The space we live in should give us both an option of temporary seclusion and relaxation on our own terms, as well as an option of intensive life among people in a common comfortable area. This house, after its redevelopment, reflects these ideas. 

Perforated House / Spacelab - Windows, Shelving
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Cite: "Perforated House / Spacelab" 07 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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