Apartment interiors at Kafka’s Square
Denisa Strmiskova, Richard Zacpal, Borek Nemec, Tomas Holub (ANTA, Erbaut)
Kafka’s house is located in a neighbourhood of Saint Nicholas church near Old Town Square in Prague. It is symbolically connected with an important 20th century literature author Franz Kafka. The writer was born here at 1883, in a former prelature of Benedictine monastery, which was placed at Saint Nicholas church near old Jewish Ghetto.
New interior design of the house draws on the elegance of structure itself. The fantasy about Franz Kafka seeps to historical patina and contrasts with alive and inanimate. Atmosphere of 2nd, 3rd and 4rd floor is mainly established in a combination of bright and shadowy spaces. Elementary colours are dark grey and white, which are in contrast supplemented with earthy tones of red or violet. Selection of furniture is balancing on the edge of past and contemporary. Simple construction is crafted in solid basic materials like metal or wood.
Important parts of whole reconstructed space are attic duplex apartments. They are specific for their fully opened space. The historic wooden roof truss is in dialogue with modern glass elements like stair railing and built in furniture made in measure. Newly incurred reconstructed interiors of Kafka’s house combines classic and modern elements, subtlety and decadence, splendour and cosiness. The spirit of Kafka’s time period is transformed into reflections of hand-made tiles as well as it stays hidden in a shadows under the velvet sofas.