HEIMA architects create a theatrical atmosphere in a Vilnus apartment
Skillfully managing color and light, the architects of Lithuanian studio HEIMA transformed an old 2-bedroom apartment into an 80 square meter house, maintaining a theatrical atmosphere in all spaces. purple, green and gray hues contrast with the natural color of the parquet, while metal and marble details bring elegance to the interior.
all pictures from darius petrulaitis
the complex geometry of the living room was simplified by HEIMA by introducing a diagonal wall – its direction became the main feature of the space. the allocation of floorboards, furniture and lighting are all aligned on the given diagonal angle. the wall also makes the wardrobe in the bedroom more functional where more depth was given to the dressing room and less depth was used for the wardrobe.
the original plan of the apartment had a flue, but the client did not want a fireplace. the chimney shaft was extended to form a larger volume which helped to form a separate entrance area. this central volume houses a mirror, shelves, a wardrobe and a refrigerator. Taking the refrigerator out of the kitchen niche allows kitchen furniture to be designed strictly horizontally without any vertical elements.
the apartment is painted in dark gray, almost black, so that the boundaries of the room dissolve into the shadows. the bright, saturated colors of the furniture set accents in the space, while the contrasts between light and shade, saturated color and black all together create a theatrical feel.
Last name: flat in black
location: Vilnius, Lithuania
area: 80 m²
photographer: darius petrulaitis
designboom received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘, where we invite our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.
edited by: maria erman | design boom