PRAGUE – It can be difficult to distinguish the guest room from the garage sometimes. The standard repository for spare mattresses, unloved works of art and other rejected objects deemed unfit to display elsewhere, spare rooms are generally not all that inspiring. Hospitality stakes have been raised considerably in Prague, however, where a homeowner tapped Daniel Baudis and Daniel Rohan of Ddaann to design a stylish extension for hosting family and friends.
Located on the same floor as the client’s household, the compact apartment suite was designed with both comfort and privacy in mind. Close, as it were, but not overly chummy. An important consideration was to make the annexe entirely self-sufficient. On a practical level, this involved installing a kitchen and bathroom; on a design level, it meant working out a space that could be homely and yet diverting enough to ensure that visitors wouldn’t feel the necessity to creep over to the main flat.
Inside, a hollow wooden framework encourages guests to focus on the optical zones between rooms. Besides serving as a welcome disruption of the tight, Bauhaus-style grid that dominates the rest of the interior, porthole-style windows create an illusion of increased space, a vital feature given the dwelling’s relatively squashed dimensions.
When not in use, the extension serves as a hobby room for the lucky owner. Meanwhile, wardrobes convert into a library and storage space for bikes, a bed transforms into seating and a shower, well, a shower stays a shower whatever you do with it.
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