Winner: Apartment interior of the year 2019. Local architecture practice Vladimir Radutny Architects has transformed a loft located on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue into a spacious home for two with wood steel volumes slotted within an exposed concrete structure.
The 209-square-metre apartment, which was previously a poorly functioning domestic space, now features a vast living area on its main level and expansive ceilings throughout. Steps lead up to a lofted area, giving the flat its name.
The apartment is located inside a century-old building which was originally used for automotive display. Structural details such as the concrete ceiling and pillars were kept during the overhaul and an elevated wooden platform on the main level features in a portion of the living room, in the bedroom and in the kitchen.
Judges comments: Judges appreciated the architectural approach, the use of different materials and the raw structural elements. They added that the space is "cleverly divided, with both the existing roof and the multi-functional open space respecting the old building".