Project: Welcome Home
Architects: No Architects
Author: Jakub Filip Novák, Daniela Baráčková Veronika, Amiridis Menichová
Contractor: Truhlářství Fencl
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Completion year 2022
Usable Floor Area 228 m²
Photo Credits: Studio Flusser
Courtesy of No Architects
Welcome Home is a bright apartment in a new building with large terraces and views of Prague. Where one cooks, eats, works, where children play, watch TV, read, create and sleep.
As part of the overhaul of the layout, we first separated a chunk of the living room and made it into a study, playroom and guest room in one, to settle the overly monumental apartment into a more practical area for family living. This added another layer of potential living constellations, peppered with the ability to monumentalize the space at any time by opening large sliding doors that can disappear seamlessly behind a large bookcase. Step by step, the dwelling was then equipped with furniture designed to suit the apartment and its occupants, whether it was a dining table and bench, a dressing room or valet stand with a mirror, a kitchen, a bar, work desks, a bedroom or play areas for children.
A good architectural design always includes well-coordinated technical infrastructure: heating elements, ventilation grids for recuperation, closures and switchboards under doors of all kinds, metering and controls. Media connections. In this respect, interiors in new builds are always a challenge. Among other things, it is precisely the constraints posed by the already completed technical infrastructure that must be accommodated, which usually follows some straightforward technical solutions. The observant and technically knowledgeable observer will therefore not miss the ventilated heating cowls, hidden extractor hood routes or media connections that had to be adapted to.