ARCHITECTURE Strauss Apartment - Strasbourg, France. September 25 2015 With a floor as beautiful as the chevron-patterned dark hardwood one in this recently renovated classic apartment, the re-imagining designers’ main job is to try to not ruin it or its harmonizing and stylish effect. In the case of the Strasbourg, France-based private apartment in question, the other defining features are the gorgeous fourth-floor corner location with the large windows, and the elegant cast-iron railings.
Lithuanian design and architecture studio YCL has used furniture to add pops of colour to the interiors of an otherwise monochromatic apartment in Strasbourg, France
Describing the renovation as "sophisticated old-fashioned elegance meets modern design", the studio preserved original wooden floors and plaster ceiling mouldings, contrasting them with colourful pieces of furniture dotted about the space.
Visitors to the 114-square-metre Strauss Apartment – which is situated at the corner of the building – enter into a spacious hallway patterned with mosaics, along with a circular hanging mirror and bright red side table.
The hallway provides access to two adjacent living rooms, a kitchen and dining area, a double bedroom and a bathroom. Although no major adjustments were made to the apartment, YCL installed a doorway with a mirrored framework to connect the formerly separate living rooms and "highlight the sense of space" between the two. Both living areas feature original chandeliers and herringbone floors, and YCL has added grey sofas and a yellow side table.
The bathroom features white fittings and a tiled floor that repeats the pattern found in the hallway, and is contrasted by another red wooden chair. "We wanted to turn the new bathroom into an actual room with lots of light, a big luxurious bathtub, and a place to sit down with a balcony perfect for cooling down after a hot bath," the studio said. The bedroom contains a built-in closet, parquet floors, and grey walls that repeat the colour found in the rest of the apartment. "Designing functionally comfortable and aesthetic residential environment preserving the authentic elements of the interior of the apartment, and interpreting classics in a modern light was important to us, as architects," YCL said.