Apartment with a View of 1000 Years of History by Sikora Interiors
This contemporary apartment with breathtaking views of the Motława and the tops of brick tenement houses features a unique bridge, and a mix of global design elements and traditional Hanseatic style. As you explore the two-storey home, you will find bold accents such as large-format tiles, upholstery and brass fittings, as well as subtle minimalism and Japanese influence in the master bedroom and bathroom.
Gdańsk is a city with a rich history and culture, so take a journey and immerse yourself in this unique space.
About Apartment with a View
An Unprecedented Design Challenge
The task was extraordinary: to create a vacation apartment with a view of 1000 years of Gdańsk’s history for a Japanese-American couple. The couple wanted a two-storey space situated at the top of a Gdańsk tenement house on the Spichrzów Island that provided views of the city’s brick tenement houses and the Motława River.
Functional Layout of the Apartment
The apartment was designed to have the feel of a single-family house. On the ground floor, there was a living room, kitchen, and small bathroom. The upper floor featured an exceptional master bedroom with a large bathroom and dressing room. A unique element was also the bridge that was built inside; it was located above the left part of the living room and led to a workspace.
Incorporating Three Distinct Traditions
The challenge was to incorporate Hanseatic tradition, the city’s inspiration from Japan, and the USA. To do so, true faces of boulders—large stones found with Kashubian craftsmen—were used to connect the two cultures. The furniture and accessories in the space were a mix of contemporary global design, with pieces sourced from warehouses in Australia, Japan, the USA, and Poland.
A Space Full of Details and References
The final result was a combination of what was beautiful, local, and ours with what was exceptional and bold, such as large-format tiles creating real paintings in the space. The interior was full of details, references, and subtle minimalism, which intertwined with unique upholstery and the influence of many cultures. The bathroom on the upper floor was the quintessence of Japan and femininity, featuring a delicate traditional East Asian bathtub, flowers, and geometry on the floor. The whole was completed with brushed brass fittings.
Photography by Tom Kurek
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