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New in the old, or modernization of the interior of an old villa in Puszczykowo

25 of August '20

A family of four living in a single-story villa from the 1980s wanted to change the uncomfortable layout of the rooms. Instead of opting for a new, bespoke design for a larger single-family home, they chose a different route - a complete remodeling of the existing villa in Puszczykowo.

This choice meant that, while preserving the building's exterior shell, the entire interior-including the installations-could undergo a complete modernization. The architectural design for the reconstruction of the house involved leaving only parts of the interior walls, while the rest were demolished. The fireplace in the interior of the building remained in its old location, but it was opened to two sides. The interior design project turned the little-aligned living area into a spacious living room connected to the kitchen and dining room, writes Agnieszka Deptuła, an architect from the SPACELAB studio.

rzut domu przed
przebudową rzut domu po zmianach

projections before and after the changes


The result is a large, open space in the heart of the house - a kitchen with a living room, surrounded by children's rooms on one side and a bedroom on the other. The entire 134-square-meter space is kept in a subdued, light color scheme - white, gray and wood. The minimalist effect is enhanced by the wall-colored cabinetry designed in the interior, behind which the designers hid such items as the TV and audio equipment. On selected fronts, the architects introduced a graphic perforation effect - an openwork motif that looks different depending on the time of day and lighting. At night, with the lights off in the living room and on in the back rooms, the openwork walls look like large lamps.


cross section


The most distinctive piece of furniture in the interior is the RM 58 black armchair in the entrance hall, designed by Roman Modzelewski, next to which stands a Caravaggio Lightyears lamp. At the heart of the house is also another design classic - the Gubi lamp designed by Greta Grossman.

salon, na pierwszym
planie stojąca lampa Gubi projektu Grety Grossman

Living room, in the foreground the standing Gubi lamp by Greta Grossman design

Photo: Moiz,

Ola Kloc: What was the main inspiration for this project?

Agnieszka Deptuła: There was not one specific inspiration, because my thinking was initially not focused on the climate of the interior, but on completely rebuilding its structure and achieving maximum spaciousness. The characteristic motif of openwork perforations appeared only as a continuation of this thinking - it focused on adding spaciousness and lightness to the existing space. The openwork, light motif fit well into this.



Photo: Moiz,

Ola: What were the investor's expectations and needs?

Agnieszka: The interior design was to completely transform the inhabited space - it had to be modern, but also cozy, and had to accommodate three large bedrooms and enlarged bathrooms, while increasing the spaciousness of the living room.

: The interior is kept in light colors with a few distinctive colorful accents and an openwork pattern appearing in several places. Where did you get the idea for such a combination of colors, patterns and materials?

Agnieszka: The expressive colors were introduced in the space of the children's zone - in the boys' rooms. In the general space, base colors and neutral materials were used. The idea for the openwork pattern was also created to add an individual touch to the living area. Personalization of the interior was achieved here not through colors, but through a characteristic motif.

niebieska szafa w pokoju dziecięcym pomarańczowe ściany w pokoju dziecięcym

colorful accents in children's rooms

Photo: Moiz,

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