project: GOOD FEllOW #gucuska
team: BADZYAN KHRYSTYNA, DMYTRO SOROKEVYCH
scale: 75 SQ.M
The project «Good fellow #guculska» by replus bureau interprets Ukrainian style in a modern way. Authentic interior mutually complements ethnic charm and incredible mix of textures and materials. The apartment is located in a historic building in the central part of Lviv, surrounded by the most significant examples of Austrian architecture in Gutsulska street, and here its new life began – in a time of an advanced technologies and design solutions.
The apartment owners, spouse of architects, imagined their house as a modern, but cozy, pegged to the existing authentic stuff, remained in this apartment. Project designers showed ethnic motives in a new way. The unusual combination of rough materials, namely plaster, bricks, cold metal and warm wood, adds dynamics. They decided to keep historical elements, which demonstrate the Ukrainian character, because they represent the uniqueness. Thus, having dismantled the ceiling in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, designers found old timber beams, that were cleaned and kept. While working with the walls, they have revealed old paintings, that were subsequently covered with matt wax and used in the design. The parquet was also restored and the mosaic of marbles torn pieces was laid in the process. The traditional Lviv masonry stove, located in the bedroom, was dismantled and a new open fireplace was laid out of its tiles. The Rumford fireplace, an English design, was used in the construction. The large opening of the fireplace balances the meter-wide smoke channel, thereby providing super exhaustion.
Local charm is present in the space in the form of spectacular details: hutsul bedspread in the bedroom, vintage carpets, grandma’s embroidered cloth with a unique pattern, old authentic Ukrainian closet of early 20th century.
The biggest problem in the space design were long and narrow rooms, that is why designers paid special attention to mirrors and lighting. It helped to expand the area visually, as well as place accents efficiently. Windows, facing the main facade, were replaced with identical wooden replicas, made according to the old technologies. Doors were cleaned of paint layers and varnished. By the way, doors are covered with traces of old putty and dents, but designers decided not to hide them, but show as a “history”.
The interior is like a good relative, whom you have not seen for a long time and whom you have missed very much: he looks sincere and heartwarming, but something has changed in him, and these changes make you love him even more.