This apartment is located in the historic heart of Toruń, Poland – a beautifully preserved medieval city center that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an amazing contemporary space with lots of style. Designed by Polish architect Paweł Tatara and architectural firm Znamy Się, the project asks an important question: how do you balance the need for contemporary living with the imperative of preserving the city’s architectural heritage?
A matrix of circular windows, once used to load and unload sacks of grain at the warehouse, gives the building a fairytale quality, enhanced by the bright red brickwork and steep pitched roof.
The architects embraced the color and increased the space by introducing unique details and tones, especially in the design of the bathrooms. Conceived as a monochromatic steel cube, the bathroom sits at the center of the apartment and serves multiple purposes, including acting as a buffer between the living and sleeping areas and introducing a modern element amidst the centuries-old architecture of wooden beams, round windows and thick masonry walls.
The introduction of the bathroom as a separate volume offers the opportunity for customization, with each apartment featuring a different color and vibrant hue alongside the otherwise usual neutral palette of white and natural wood. Additionally, each cube features a unique floor-to-ceiling stained glass window, the design of which was inspired by the city’s history. For example, in apartment number 2, the design refers to the tripartite vault in Toruń Cathedral, while apartment number 4 pays homage to the Gothic trefoil. The graphic stained glass design not only adds a subtle decorative flair but also allows natural light into the bathroom area.