We love sustainable renovations, and this one by Studiomama is particularly beautiful. The design studio gave a historic 18th Century house in Stockholm, which is protected by grandfathered building codes, a modern, monochromatic makeover. The 1720s home was built in a medieval section of the Swedish capital. By removing modern layers added to the interior over the years, Studiomama revealed the apartment’s original unique shape, inspiring the creation of two minimalist modern apartments.
Studiomama began by getting rid of the years of renovations that the apartment in the home endured, including a series of false walls.
Once only the original framework was left, the architects decided to leave its support beams exposed, as a way to pay tribute to the past while creating a modern home. The interior was reworked with white and natural woods to create an open and airy feel throughout.
The ceilings and exposed original beams were given a coat of whitewashing, which immediately opened up the space.
Natural wooden floors add to the sense of openness and light, as does the addition of floor to ceiling shelving, which morphed to the odd curvature of the dome-like roof. Several skylights were added to bring natural light into the entire space.
Modern marble countertops in the kitchen area and bathroom harmonize with the minimalist feel, as do the stark light fixtures. A thin railed mezzanine catwalk was echoed with planks of Douglas Fir, which create a design element, but also serve as a half- wall guarding the staircase.
The resulting home fuses the historic shell and shape with a modern interior, creating a peaceful home that reflects the history of the building.