Architect Olga Kurek created the interior of a short-term rental apartment in one of Krakow's old townhouses. The existing architecture - high ceilings, spacious double doors, sizable windows and original wooden floor. All this provided inspiration for the arrangement.
Short-term rentals flourished in Krakow long before the pandemic broke out. Apartments in the city center hosted other tenants almost every night. It's rare to find apartments decorated with thought and taste. Olga Kurek of the Architektura Miejsca Olga Kurek studio faced the challenge of designing the space of a spacious interior in one of Krakow's interwar townhouses standing in the heart of the city. The 70-square-meter space features two comfortable bedrooms - both with adjoining bathrooms - and a large living room with a kitchen and access to a climatic balcony.
The main inspiration was the style of Parisian townhouses from the period of urban redevelopment of the city by Georges Haussmann
Basia Hyjek: What was the main inspiration for the project?
Olga Kurek: The main inspiration was the style of Parisian townhouses from the period of urban reconstruction of the city by Georges Haussmann. First of all, stucco and pale colors.
Basia: Where did you get the idea for such a selection of colors and materials?
Olga: The apartment has a wooden parquet floor, almost fully preserved. In one room, where it was missing, the floor was selected to resemble the original boards. Color was to be present, but unobtrusive, hence the black in the kitchen and gray on the walls.
The color was to be present but unobtrusive, hence the black in the kitchen and the gray on the walls
Basia: Where did you get such an idea for the division of space?
Olga: We wanted to create a pleasant bright living room with an open kitchen on the street side, and two bedrooms with two bathrooms on the courtyard side, so as to provide comfort and quiet for guests.
Basia: What was the biggest challenge in creating this place?
Olga: The big challenge was designing the wall stucco and finding space for an additional bathroom, since there was only one in the original layout.