The apartment is located in Stavanger, a coastal city on the west coast of Norway. It covers the entire top floor of a beautiful apartment building, with a spacious terrace on three sides. The view is stunning and diverse. To the northeast, you can see the coastline and fjord landscape, to the east is an established villa area with the Ryfylke Mountains in the background, and to the southwest is a green park with large beautiful trees.
The owners had been living in the apartment for 3 years, and the changes I proposed led to extensive structural interventions. The existing floor plan lacked symmetry and harmony, so it was important for me to define and separate the zones within the interior.
I removed walls and opened up the space but added elements like room dividers and pivot doors to create zones. Each part of the floor plan was considered and adapted to the overall concept.
In this project, I also want to talk about the exterior terrace. Over the years of living here, the owners had created a beautiful green oasis on the terrace. I wanted the interior to connect with the lush vegetation on the terrace, where the green growth and pergola created intimate outdoor spaces. Indoors, there wasn't the same feeling. I added wooden ceilings with sturdy beams in selected zones. These wooden ceilings would both enhance the sense of zones in the open floor plan, connect spatial elements, and recreate the intimate feeling from the terrace. The wooden ceilings created a nice rhythm, and moving through the apartment now means going from one view to another.
The color and material palette consists of warm tones. Natural materials create a calm framework that allows the owners to experience and live in it. Floral elements come in as elegant hints in wallpapers and carvings. It is a design that functions as a home, where there is no distinction between the interior and life itself.
«Appealing to our deepest humanity, it penetrates the very heart of ethics. It is a search for authenticity, a search for true self” The Japanese garden – Sophie Walker