Designed by Haptic Architects, the minimalist Idunsgate residence is located on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in Central Oslo, Norway. Purchasing the loft space above the existing apartment provided the opportunity to combine the two floors in one unified space.
The apartment incorporates a custom kitchen with open fire, a double height bathroom, and a stunning minimalist floating staircase that connects the two floors and becomes the feature element of the interior. The modular, powder coated, white steel staircase is suspended between the joists and connects to a low storage/sofa unit that runs along the frond facade, leading to the kitchen.
The material palette was kept neutral with oak flooring and joinery that complement the polished concrete, grey stone and white Corian used throughout the apartment.
The kitchen was relocated to the common areas to create a large airy space that takes center stage and integrates with the rest of the apartment. The kitchen cabinet doors have been painted to match the colour of the small fireplace integrated into the worktop.
In the bathroom, the complexity of the level changes was addressed by introducing spatial drama with substantial vertical sight lines. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom is organized over three levels with elevated bath and shower area. Large scale tiles were used to give the impression that the bathroom “terrace” was carved out of a single block of stone.
On the upper level of the apartment, a sunny terrace overlooking the double height communal areas brings evening light deep into the apartment.
*All images and information courtesy of INSIDE Festival.