Guculska apartment is a project by the Replus bureau that rethinks traditional Hutsulian ethnic style within neo-renaissance Austrian environment.
▼公寓概览，preview ©Andrey Bezuglov
The project was about refurbishing and redesigning an old apartment in a historical building in the heart of Lviv on Hutsulska Street. The building itself was constructed in 1892-1896, so our project designers decided to keep everything that survived in a good condition from those times. Keeping authentic parts and adding some new ethnic elements created a sense of time, highlighting the modern aspects of this space.
▼客厅，living room ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼餐厅，dining area ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼轴测图，axon ©replus design bureau
From the very beginning we were limited by extremely narrow and long rooms, therefore our major goal was to create a sense of extra space by means of mirrors and right furniture positioning. The apartment was in a sorry state, hence the cracked ceilings in the kitchen and in the living room had to be removed. Above those ceilings we discovered old wooden beams that we kept. Some of them were already rotten, as well as the kitchen floor. We dismantled those parts and reinforced the structure. Having integrated underfloor heating, we covered the floor with natural marble tiles. Parquetry flooring in the rooms was also renovated throughout the apartment.
▼从厨房望向客厅，view to the living room from the dining area ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼地面以天然大理石瓷砖覆盖，the floor was covered with natural marble tiles ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼厨房细节，kitchen detailed view ©Andrey Bezuglov
Wall sconces were installed very carefully because of small frescos we had found in the bedroom. We scraped off numerous layers of paint from the authentic late 19th century doors between rooms and varnished them.
▼卧室铺设镶木地板，bedroom with parquetry flooring ©Andrey Bezuglov
Another element to have been saved and repaired was a vintage mid-19th century wardrobe. It turned black over the years, because of multiple layers of varnish. We decided not to touch the surface, we just realigned it, made minor fixes and left it as it was.
▼走廊上的复古立柜，the vintage wardrobe in the corridor ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼立柜和玻璃隔墙，the wardrobe and the partition wall ©Andrey Bezuglov
A historical stove from Levynskyi factory was reincarnated in a big open fireplace. It was done following a classic technology by Count Rumford, a British inventor, where a fire-place is not deep and its angled sides reflect heat into the room. It is not a common technology either in Ukraine, or in the neighbouring countries.
▼壁炉空间，the fireplace ©Andrey Bezuglov
A big light multifunctional kitchen table carries a sink, a cooking surface and some space to have breakfast or to work from home. Open walnut kitchen cabinets ensure an easy and quick access to everything without pulling any doors.
▼开放式橱柜，the open kitchen cabinets ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼浴室，bathroom ©Andrey Bezuglov
The bathroom is small, so we had to keep it unobstructed. There is neither decor nor furniture in the bathroom, only the essentials. We could not imagine a bathroom without a window, because it is the most important room where the day begins. We needed more daylight, so an additional little round window was installed. The sink is supported by a burned log. We placed a bathtub in the bedroom to give a chance to enjoy the sounds of the city with wide opened windows while taking a bath. It is worth to mention that there are no ceiling lights in the bathroom, in the kitchen and in the living room. The air conditioning system was placed in the attic above the apartment.
▼卧室内放置了一个浴缸，a bathtub was placed in the bedroom ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼卧室细节，bedroom interior view ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼卧室细节，bedroom interior view ©Andrey Bezuglov
The bedroom’s layout was altered to isolate the children’s room. A partition was made with the door reinstalled, glass added at the top and cloakrooms arranged at the sides.
▼卧室门的上半部分安装了玻璃，a partition was made with the door reinstalled ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼隔墙两侧设置了衣帽间，cloakrooms were arranged at the sides of the partition ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼儿童房，children’s room ©Andrey Bezuglov
The apartment’s owner wished to use two wooden beams removed from an old Hutsul house in the country. Those beams with engraved inscriptions originate from the house that was built by the owner’s grandfather. As the old house does not exist anymore the beams are of special importance and create a link between the family generations.
▼刻有文字的木梁，beams with engraved inscriptions ©Andrey Bezuglov
Designing this space, we were trying to retain a certain ambience and spirit of an apartment in the historical centre of Lviv. We also wanted to accentuate a friendly neighbourhood environment in Lviv’s typical courtyard where neighbours communicate from their balconies. As part of that concept, we replaced the windows that face the courtyard using large aluminium frames which open wide. The windows on the main façade were replicated according to an old technology using wood and original window fittings.
▼户外平台，outdoor terrace ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼庭院视野，view to the courtyard ©Andrey Bezuglov
▼平面图，plan ©replus design bureau
Project name: Guculska apartment
Architect’s Firm: replus design bureau
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Project location: Guculska st, Lviv Ukraine
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 75 sq.m.
Lead Architects: Khrystyna Badzyan, Dmytro Sorokevych
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Photo credits: Andrey Bezuglov
Photographer’s website: https://bezuglov.ua
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Custom made floor – marble mosaic
Linealight – spotights Epitax, floor lamps Poe, suspended lamp Straight
Flos – wall lamp 265, suspended Ok
Viadrus – radiator Kalor
Laufen – washbasin and toilet Laufen PRO
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