Renovating an apartment in a building dating back to the 1930’s is not easy by any means yet the transformation is exciting and interesting because they’re always a decision to be made whether to preserve or to replace an old feature. Figuring out the answer to this question is a challenging task which architects and interior designers both fear and enjoy. Recently, Bogdan Ciocodeică Studio renovated one such space. The apartment is located at the center of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, in an old 1930’s building with a beautiful patina and a rich history.
Over the past 80 years the apartment didn’t go through many changes. It kept the original finishes and woodwork and the layout remained the same as well. Now, however, the original configuration doesn’t make sense anymore so a major renovation had to be planned. However, because it was impossible to change the layout of walls due to structural reasons, the studio had to find a different way of reorganizing the spaces. Their idea was to transform the service area into a home office and to treat the kitchen and the living room as a single large space. Of course, a lot of smaller changes were made too, their role being to make the space feel more fluid and to also refresh the decor and to adapt it for a contemporary and more social lifestyle.