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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. 

Even though none of the interior walls could be removed, that didn’t stop the designers from reorganizing the apartment

Originally, the apartment was divided into two main volumes, the master bedroom being one of the primary spacesOriginally, the apartment was divided into two main volumes, the master bedroom being one of the primary spaces

To maximize the bright and open feel of the bedroom, an oversized mirror was placed on the wall opposite to the windowsTo maximize the bright and open feel of the bedroom, an oversized mirror was placed on the wall opposite to the windows

The bathroom is not exactly spacious so a minimalist, black and white decor was the choice in this caseThe bathroom is not exactly spacious so a minimalist, black and white decor was the choice in this case

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.

Generally, the new color palette of the apartment is quite simple and neutral, with a few pops of color here and thereGenerally, the new color palette of the apartment is quite simple and neutral, with a few pops of color here and there

The old flooring was removed and new hardwood floors were installed insteadThe old flooring was removed and new hardwood floors were installed instead
The kitchen was simplified and revamped with modern furniture and chic brass and mirror finishesThe kitchen was simplified and revamped with modern furniture and chic brass and mirror finishes

The living room has a very cozy and welcoming vibe and features a zebra rug at the centerThe living room has a very cozy and welcoming vibe and features a zebra rug at the center

The white countertops, shelves and cabinets in the kitchen seem to disappear into the wallsThe white countertops, shelves and cabinets in the kitchen seem to disappear into the walls

Some of the tiles throughout the apartment are old and some are new so there's a lovely connection between past and presentSome of the tiles throughout the apartment are old and some are new so there’s a lovely connection between past and present

The new interior design of the apartment is a reinterpretation of the original values and materialsThe new interior design of the apartment is a reinterpretation of the original values and materials

The old, original windows were preserved and refreshed and they suit the apartment wonderfullyThe old, original windows were preserved and refreshed and they suit the apartment wonderfully

The dining area is no longer a separate room but rather a built-in kitchen featureThe dining area is no longer a separate room but rather a built-in kitchen feature

Different-colored chairs arranged around an oval dining table complement the kitchen perfectlyDifferent-colored chairs arranged around an oval dining table complement the kitchen perfectly

The new internal layout is infinitely better-suited for a modern and social lifestyleThe new internal layout is infinitely better-suited for a modern and social lifestyle

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