The apartment called Rubikum for Three is just outside the center of Ljubljana and is owned by a young couple and their dog. Arhitektura doo has equipped this apartment with moveable metal furniture to allow the owners to adapt the layout to their busy social life.
They had previously lived on the rural outskirts of Ljubljana but missed the hustle and bustle of city life and decided to move closer to the capital. While the location of the 60 square meter apartment suited the couple better, the standardized layout of the floor plan did not suit their dynamic lifestyle. Solid and rigid furniture with a predetermined position and function would therefore hinder this. All of the existing partitions in the apartment were pushed through to create a floor plan that allows residents – and the dog – to move from room to room with ease. The bathroom is now the only room that is now fully enclosed. The variety of routes throughout the apartment has encouraged the name ‘Rubikum’, a Slovenian term that is common compared to a Rubik’s Cube.
The practice specifically chose to use stainless steel for the mobile furniture, hoping that its “subtle sheen” would give the impression of extra light in the home. There are some fixed elements in the living area. To one side is a wooden sideboard integrated into a desk. If residents want the living area to feel cozier and more secluded, they can pull over a continuous silver curtain that is attached to a curved track in the ceiling. When retracted, it reveals a small conservatory adorned with a few armchairs and a row of green potted plants. This can be crossed to access the bedroom with tall wooden wardrobes.