This project in Bucharest, Romania by STUDIO 1408 represents an experiment of materiality: an antithetic juxtaposition of metal and wood, with the debut of a new finish in the design language ñ Bluesteel. Metal sheets are heated and tempered in special industrial ovens. Reaching the temperature of 200 degrees Celsius, steel starts to progressively change its color in shades of yellow and red, then around 300 degrees it catches purple, blue tones. This technique is used by watch makers for tempering watch parts, giving them this beautiful, intense blue tint.
Wood and metal, two opposites as tactile and visual perceptions, they actually match as a state: both are used here as rough, unfinished materials. This antithetical visual assembling of the two ñ, the protagonists regarding the project’s materiality, ñ reveals a pleasant, industrial scenery that is well-balanced by the gray shades.
From a functional point of view, the planimetry has been modified to suit the clients day-to-day needs, eliminating unjustified parietal obstacles. Thus, the space has been reconfigured to a more plan libre type and through it, also the way in which the habitation activities interact with one another. Through this, the architects managed to improve the quality of living for their clients.
In the same conceptual language, they have created, for each room, scenographies that prevail throughout the transitioning of the spaces. These consciously created frames form altogether sequential compositions via collages of materials and respectively, volumes. These sequences appear gradually throughout the day, by cycling from daytime – exposing the compositions to natural, organic daylight ñ all the way to night-time ñ presenting the true scenography of the artificial lighting.
Design © STUDIO 1408
Info and images courtesy of STUDIO 1408
Photography is by Cosmin Dragomir