Old Classic Viennese Apartment Modernized and Refurbished by Destilat

Old Classic Viennese Apartment Modernized and Refurbished by Destilat

Architects: Destilat Architecture + Design
Project: Viennese apartment refurbished
Designer: Harald Hatschenberger
Location: Vienna, Austria
Photography: Monika Nguyen

The Apartment E&E is more than just a conventional redevelopment of an old classic Viennese apartment; it is a statement about sustainable interior design. The concept’s central theme was to unite the consumption-critical lifestyle of the owner with high aesthetic standards to create a coherent overall concept.

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This included of course the renovation of the desolate technical infrastructure like the heating system, sanitary and electrical installations as well as a new contemporary floor plan with an open fitted kitchen, a bigger bathroom and a new children’s room in the former kitchen area. The goal was to base the interior design concept mostly on second hand furniture and sustainability. Trendy classics and high-priced pieces from vintage furniture boutiques were deliberately avoided.

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Almost the entire freestanding furniture was purchased via common Internet platforms, taking two vital parameters into account that were, surprisingly, not at odds with each other: minimal acquisition costs and a certain visual standard. The furniture concept was developed in an intensive search and selection process and in close cooperation with the client.

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Even the tiles that were used for the foyer, bathroom, and toilet are fine stoneware tiles that were carefully and laboriously removed from concreted surfaces. As a matter of course, the old doors and windows were restored and the original parquet floors were preserved. The open kitchen with its freestanding island unit that looks like a workbench were custom made by destilat and equipped with ivory-coloured Eternit fronts.

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The owner sees this project not as a rigid, dogmatic manifest of anti-consumerism, but a fascinating attempt to find the formal equivalent of his philosophy of life.

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