Senjak 23 Apartment
We live in a virtual world of information, increasingly cut off from visceral experience. As we continue to project our attention outwards and neglect our inner worlds, we become evermore estranged from nature and imprisoned in physical and mental patterns.
This project developed as a revolt against this trend, shaped by the desires of the clients to create a new home and a new life for the generations to come. As such, it represents their aspirations towards new and clean sources of energy, new ways of living, and new ways of imagining space.
Pure geometry and proportions, paired with natural and artificial light, express clarity and simplicity in both the details and in the wider spatial organization, unburdening the user from all that is unnecessary and needless and allowing him to locate himself within the purity of three-dimensional space.
The design is organized around the unimpeded and organic flow of energy. Tying function to volume allows for uninterrupted movement through space. Situating the wardrobe in the hallway allows the other rooms to flow freely. Placing the kitchen and the bathroom as the central, core elements allow access to the terrace and the corridor from both the living room and the bedrooms.
The choice of materials is clear and straightforward: oak flooring finished white walls and ceilings. 60x60cm granite tiles, precisely laid in a brick pattern, line the corridor, bathroom, and terrace. The use of natural materials is intentional, for they subconsciously lead us back to nature. A harmonious variety of materials and textures lends itself to a variety of experiences, supplemented by the different acoustic effects present in each volume of the space as a result of the presence of different materials.
Living in the shadow of Socialism, and its attendant conformity of shapes and volumes, we now eagerly push the boundaries of space, stepping away from identical living-boxes, and endeavoring to give space an identity, and the individual who occupies it the chance to grow there. The geometry of the sloped roof (usually an underdeveloped roof motif in Serbian architecture) lends to the unique ambience and atmosphere by removing the boundaries that make us feel we are living in anonymous spaces of identical heights and invite us instead to conceptualize the home as a refuge, a cave, a volume.