Design Studio of the week (08/09/2014):
GRUPA is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded in 2006 by product designers Filip Despot, Tihana Gotovuša and Ivana Pavić in Zagreb, Croatia.
They had an idea - to don’t let anything to a chance and involve themselves in development of their products from the drawing board to the moment they ship it to their clients. The result is products that they fully stand behind. Products that go trough their hands every step of the way and today they are proud to be part of peoples living and working spaces - homes, offices, hotels, bars etc.
In the former Luke Chapel – built in 1924 as a Bernese district church in the Art Deco style and completely disfigured in the 70s – are now built 2 new homes. In order to keep the floor free of supports and receive the light oft he generous church window, the upper apartment was hanged as a concrete box in the two-storey former church.
The once closed south facade could now be opened with generous sash windows and cantilevered balconies to the quarters and to the garden.
Both apartments were equipped with a simple Minergie ventilation, which is perfectly integrated in the interface between living and sleeping spaces and fresh air is introduced by linear diffusers. Where previously the pastor preached at the altar and where the organist played hymns, is now the kitchen – food is cooked and cheerful children’s laughter rings out.
Photography: Dominique Uldry
Loft Conversion by Egue & Seta (via contemporist)