作为一个项目的设计和实施者，建筑事务所Atelier Michal Hagara在本项目中的任务是，改造一个位于布拉格市中心相对较新的中型公寓，以满足其住户——一对四海为家的夫妇的需求，同时符合其身份地位。本项目的设计灵感和概念来自于现代主义建筑和建筑师对位于布尔诺的Tugendhat住宅的喜爱，采用较为随性的空间设计，而不像意识形态那样正式。对于一直在四处奔波的住户来说，这间公寓应该是他们在布拉格的一个会客空间和落脚点，因此，建筑师希望将这里打造为一个宁静且舒适的居住空间，并通过一种纯粹的、简单却精确的几何图形概念，辅以由精湛的工艺打造的华丽的材料尺度，在公寓空间中加入一些趣味性元素。建筑师将整个公寓空间当作一个整体的艺术作品看待，就像建筑师密斯·凡·德·罗在20世纪20年代末设计的Tugendhat住宅一样。所有的构件都具有关联性，不断地彼此呼应或彼此对比。
The assignment for me as the designer and my studio – as the implementer, was as follows – Recreate a relatively new, medium sized maisonette apartment in Prague city centre for the needs and level of cosmopolitan couple, while I got almost unlimited freedom as the author. Inspired by modernism and the love of the Tugendhat villa in Brno, I drew the concept from just these sources – not as formal as ideologically rather. As the clients, constantly on the road, should use the flat as a point of contact and a haven, I had the pleasure to create it calmly and comfortably, with a spark of playfulness – what I was aiming for in a purely geometric scheme, simple to strict shapes and a noble material scale supported by uncompromising craftsmanship. The project originated as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a complete author craft – the same principle as the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe applied at the end of the 1920s just in designing the mentioned villa. All of the elements are related together, continuously follow each other or deliberately contrast.
▼室内主要居住空间，interior view of the main living space
The original layout of the apartment as well as the arrangement by the developer were not solved just happily. With regard to the potential of the residential building, I had to literally trench down the floor plan, adapt it to my intention and to the needs of the clients and create mutually overlapping functional zones. The floating space is oriented to the pair, their coexistence, communication and proximity. Clear forms are not disturbing, they provide functionality in an elegant habitat, and are a kind of painting canvass for life itself.
Part of the kitchen unit with appliances and a hidden pantry cabinet (separated by raster) with a smaller food preparation area and food storage are accessible from the kitchen space. A kitchen island – a sculpture like processed monolith, air-balancing above floor level on a hand-cut aluminium platform – can evoke a luxurious yacht slowly sailing by a harbour. The kitchen area is a recognized and fully-fledged part of the main living area. The use of up-to-date technologies has given me occasion for a little joke – above the cook top, an outstanding light object hangs in the place where the cooker hood is usually located.
▼厨房中岛空间，中岛均衡地悬浮在空气中，the kitchen island which is air-balancing above floor level
▼厨房中岛细节，中岛上方悬挂着艺术灯具，details of the kitchen island with an art light installation above
在主要的居住空间内，住户不仅可以慵懒地度过极度轻松和放纵的一天，也可以与朋友聚会玩耍。作为空间中最为醒目的元素和艺术品之一，Jan Kath地毯在起居室内占据着重要的地位。除了少数例外之外，所有家具和包括原始细节在内的细木工元素都是由建筑事务所Atelier Michal Hagara设计制作的。这些家具和元素在捷克的社会中非常流行，它不仅仅是原创家具系列的创始者，在现代主义建筑中极为流行，也是家具定制生产流线中的一种实体艺术品。此外，作为对Tugendhat住宅的致敬，建筑师还在DISCO圆形餐桌后设置了一系列全套式凳子组合，该组合由四个布尔诺椅组成，以组团的形式排列。FLATPACK家具在起居室空间毫不起眼。这两件家具都是由本文的作者设计的。
In the main living area, residents can spend an extravagant and regenerating “lazy-day” as well as a party with friends. As a status declaring element and artwork, the original solitaire carpet from Jan Kath is to be prominent here. Up to a few exceptions, all furniture and built-in joinery elements, including original details, were made by my studio, which has already become popular among the Czechoslovak cream of society, not only as a producer of original furniture solitaires, continuing in modernism bequest, but also as an art-craft entity in furniture made-to-order production. As a reminiscence of the famous villa and its author, the ensemble of the four signed stools by Brno Chair, grouped – how else – behind the DISCO circular dining table, serves in the project. The FLATPACK solitaire inconspicuously serves in the living area. Both pieces are my designs.
▼起居室空间，铺设着地毯，the living room with the original solitaire carpet
▼起居室局部，partial view of the living room
The light concept is an essential part of the whole project. It creates not only moods, but it literally breathes life into matter and celebrates materiality – from the stone wall in the main living room, for example, an original artistic installation is created by pressing the switch.
▼起居室墙壁上的灯光效果，the light effect of the wall of the living room
The zones in the apartment are multifunctional, and they do not always reveal their primary function at first glance – the mirror cubicle of the rectangular floor plan hides a built-in wardrobe and a toilet with a shower. The entrance is perceived as a welcome space – whether for the owners or their visits, so it is made as representative as the other interior – after all, it is the first impression of the whole work. The sunlight entering the corridor is dazzled by a raster that not only softens and disperses it, but at the same time prevents the unwanted view from outside. The raster motive is also used on the rest of north-east oriented windows of the apartment. As in the whole project, the synthesis of the artistic and utilitarian function of the elements is valid here as well.
▼公寓入口，由镜面围合而成的方形小隔间，其下隐藏了一个内置衣柜和一间卫生间，the entrance, the mirror cubicle of the rectangular floor plan hides a built-in wardrobe and a toilet
▼公寓入口，阳光透过格栅，创造出炫目的光影效果，the entrance, the sunlight is introduced through the raster, creating a dazzling effect
The opposite side of the entrance corridor, united into the rectangular base the same way, is covered with a Hi-Macs facing and hides a walk-in shoe and handbag cabinet -which acts as a Paris boutique scene, both accessible from the entrance hallway.
▼室内走廊另一侧局部，采用人造大理石饰面，同时隐藏了一间步入式鞋柜，partial view of the corridor which is covered with a Hi-Macs facing and hides a walk-in shoe cabinet
▼步入式鞋柜细节，details of the walk-in shoe cabinet
Modernism as a direction has confirmed its qualities and its recency for the “new man” of tomorrow. I call “contemporary modernism” the style that I began to develop myself. It is to build on these qualities and to connect them with the needs and technologies of today, but always in a strictly classic way. Casa Dolce Vita is my first comprehensive piece built on these principles.
▼室内空间局部，details of the interior space
▼室内空间局部，卫生间的门隐藏在木制墙面之下，part of the interior space, the door of the bathroom is hidden under the wood veneer
Getting free in drafting a project is a dream and nightmare at the same time. Do not let oneself carry off by attempt for originality and do not create inordinate author gestures and positions, to think about everyday needs and preferences of clients, to create a peaceful and self-confident authentic work, which will also give it time for truth. With Dolce Vita, I wanted to create an advanced and mature project, a kind of habitable George Clooney – a modern gentleman with good manners and old-world noblesse, an adult who has not forgotten to play, the one you always feel safe and never bored you – the personality.
▼室内楼梯细节，details of the interior stairs
Designer: Atelier Michal Hagara
Project location: Prague, Czech Republic
Photo credits: Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice (www.boysplaynice.com)
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