UPHouse is the tail of a simple operation: the introduction of a space of intimate scale into another space, which, being domestic, is exposed and social. The project indeed adds 50% more area to the apartment by installing a light steel structure and a staircase that allows access to the new upper floor.
The Attic Kazan project was implemented and completed in December 2016. An apartment for permanent residence of two adult spouses, the children have already left and live their adult independent lives.
Searl Lamaster Howe was commissioned to design the refurbishment of these two three-bedroom units at the Ritz Carlton Residences. Both units feature a sophisticated palette of materials anchored by dark ash floors.
Amsterdam based architect Fokke van Dijk approaches design with a holistic and attentive mindset. As the director of his own practice BuroSAI, he works across a variety of typologies, including bespoke interiors, residential and civic architecture.
The site is a modest 60 feet by 75 feet, in a dense layout of multi-generational apartments five stories tall. It is abutted by roads on the North and West, these being the only sides not having buildings in close proximity.
Light walls became the solution of light in the Serpukhov apartment. The floor-to-ceiling mirror in the sleeping area resolved the issue of daylight and increased the space.