Top Floor Studio by
Rotstein Arkitekter


Swedish firm Rotstein Arkitekter ripped out the walls of this compact Stockholm apartment to create an open-plan, monochrome living space (+ slideshow).

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

Located on the top floor of a 1930s building, the studio apartment in the Kungsholmen area of Stockholm was originally divided into five small rooms.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

Rotstein Arkitekter created an open-plan space by removing the unnecessary walls and relocating the bathroom next to the entrance.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

A black storage unit acts as a room divider and provides a home for the oven, freezer and fridge on one side and the television on the other.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

The bedroom area is separated by a thin linen curtain, which allows light from the large windows to pass through it.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

"The challenge was to fit in all the desired functions and storage, and at the same time design a studio with an open plan and a view from every part of the apartment," architect Anders Rotstein told Dezeen.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

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Photographs are by Åke E:son Lindman.

Here's some more information from the architects:

Top floor studio in Stockholm

The apartment is overlooking the Stockholm skyline from the top floor in a functional styled building from the 1930s. The new design of the studio offers an open space that enhances the presence of the outside cityscape.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

Above: plan before renovation

With the new placing of the bathroom and kitchen, Rotstein Arkitekter created a very efficient plan. Built-in storage is combined with the kitchen and strengthens the axis from the entrance towards the window. A storage unit in the middle of the studio physically separates the living area from the kitchen, but keeps the visual connection between the two spaces.

Top Floor Studio by Rotstein Arkitekter

Above: plan after renovation

The mirrored sliding door by the entrance and the black glass in the kitchen enlarge the space and reflects the natural light. White stained ash floor, black coloured areas on the walls in combination with curtains in black velvet and light see-through linen are the main components used in the interior.

  • We need thousands of these in London. Now!

  • Stourley Kracklite

    Provocative and banal.

  • Great layout – open and useful!

  • laura skeeters

    Beautiful! Well designed.

  • Dave Gronlie

    There are a number of things to like in this space. However, I suspect the hanging light with three to five different types of bulbs might be a constant source of annoyance.

    The people living there would have to keep several types of bulbs in stock beyond the “normal” 60 -100 W bulbs, which may be picked up at the corner store.

    • Delirio

      Yes, well look at the original version of this Moooi Cluster lamp:

      I think this normal bulb version is a little less annoying.

      • Dave Gronlie

        They are very interesting to look at. I suppose I’m someone who thinks of utility first when I see a design.

  • Dave Gronlie

    An addition to my previous comment, would there be any advantage to putting the door to the bathroom through the bedroom rather than the entry hallway?

    • Dave Gronlie

      What, people have a problem with giving the wall opposite the entry a chance at being a bit more useful by not having it as a sliding door? The wall just to the left of the entry could be mirrored to serve the same light reflection function as the sliding door.

      And I do not see there being an issue with the bathroom access being through the “bedroom” area. It’s not like it’s particularly private anyways, what with that sheer curtain.

  • Peter Scorer

    I never liked industrial-inspired hanging lamps with red wires. They’re too trendy and tacky; I hope they disappear soon. They make the apartment cluttered.

    I also don’t like the central storage. There has to be a more elegant solution.

    The wall cabinet on the on the other side of the apartment could have extended into the bedroom.

  • Howard Roark

    Provocatively banal. Is there a neomodernist cliché that is not present in this design?