It was a hot August day in Warsaw. The sun-warmed walls of the buildings in the city centre emitted heat like giant radiators. And in such circumstances, in the attic of one of the tenement houses in Old Ochota district, I photographed the apartment designed by Joanna Piórko from the Wrażenia Przestrzenne studio.
That day, not only the high air temperature was great, but also the atmosphere on the set – it was my very first meeting with the architect and yet we got along perfectly during the photoshoot. The job was also more pleasant thanks to an interesting interior arrangement created by the designer. Although the final effect of her work is a light, casual space dominated by simple forms, bright colors and a large number of plants, the road to the successful completion of renovation was not so light and simple.
The apartment has a very specific layout divided into two levels and there were many not necessarily pleasant surprises discovered on the occasion of renovation. The architect decided to treat this project as a challenge and allowed each of the architectural peculiarities of the building to influence the final interior design. She decided to expose a fragment of a brick wall in the kitchen as well as an old gas meter, which served as an inspiration for the arrangement of the hallway. The chimney doors were renovated and perfectly complemented other industrial design elements such as the steel structure of the stairs or doors in the upper rooms.
Interior design: Wrażenia Przestrzenne
Photography: Hanna Połczyńska / kroniki