Private house in Hegyvidék
Private house in Hegyvidék
The semi-detached house with an eastern panorama, converted for a family of 4, is located on a sloping plot in the 12th district of Budapest. The building consists of four levels - basement, ground floor, first floor, attic - so the starting point for the design was the organization of the vertical movement. The basis of our concept is that we have divided the staircase, which characterizes the building - due to both its position and its function - into two units. The staircase connecting the basement level, the ground floor, and the first floor was located in its original position, i.e. the north side of the house, while the staircase connecting the first floor and the attic was located on the south side of the house. To formally emphasize the role of the stairs, we opened the section connecting the ground floor and the first floor towards the living room space, so it is organically connected to the space as a spectacular interior design element.
Another defining direction of our design was the repositioning of the main entrance. The main entrance of the building has been positioned on the south side, but due to the semi-detached house connection to maintain a unified street view, the original street-front entrance remained a kind of "service passage". The anteroom has a spacious wardrobe and storage area with a laundry collector which crosses every floor. Between the anteroom and the kitchen, a uniquely designed wooden cylinder structure serves as a space divider, allowing a view of the living room space and the garden panorama. The living room with an American kitchen is characterized by a curved design inspired by the stairs, more central structured, while the kitchen has a linear design, complete with a kitchen island. During the organization of furniture and function groups, we tried to dissolve the otherwise laneed movement space between the two units. One of the most important solutions to that was the uniquely designed dining table.
In order to create the more spacious living spaces, two bedrooms were located on the first floor, and another in the attic. The upstairs, the parents' living space is located on the east side of the house with an en-suite bathroom, a walk-in closet, and a direct terrace connection. The bathroom has a terrace and a free-standing bath and shower.
The other first-floor living space is located on the west side of the house. Using the structural features of the house to maximize the useful space, we created a floor level difference in the room. The podium, which also functions as storage furniture, runs from the entrance to the room to the opposite knee wall, on both sides of which there is a “recess” to make space for the bed and the “living room” function. This room has its own bathroom as well, which opens from the hallway.
The third, almost independent "apartment" is located in the attic, also with its own bathroom, workstation, seating area, and walk-in closet. In order to increase the living space, a new roof superstructure was built.
In the stylistic definition of the interiors, the visual inspiration from our customers led us. An important consideration was to use durable, natural materials that are in keeping with our clients ’preferred, somewhat industrial nature, yet create a warm, homey feel. The oak, cork, the furniture linoleum, the leather, and the stone resulted in a natural color palette, complemented by different shades of emerald green. This visual order was dissolved only in the children’s living space, where a slightly softer, more puritanical form and use of materials can be seen.
Designers: Gergely Tasnádi - Architect, Fanni Czegle, Gábor Bella, Annabella Hevesi