Attic apartment SL


Project: SL Attic
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Client: Private
Year: 2017-2020
Area: 130 sqm
Authors: BAAM architects, Ambrož Bartol
Typology: Apartment
Photo/Viz: Blaž Jamšek, BAAM arhitekti, TV ambienti


We transformed a rundown attic into a modern apartment for a single urban male. This adaptable apartment with movable elements can host a party, a culinary lunch with friends, or a quiet morning with a potential partner.

We designed several flexible movable pieces of furniture. A kitchen island and table on wheels, sliding walls that hide the kitchen and additionally close off the toilet, shutters for the window of the bedroom on the platform, etc. Thus, a partner can talk to him through the window from the upper bedroom as he prepares breakfast. He, on poker night, hides the dirty dishes with sliding walls and additionally closes the toilet and shutters so that it does not disturb her sleep. The knee wall becomes useful when they organize a party and push all the furniture to the edge of the attic, and the kitchen island becomes a DJ booth. At the same time, the table and counter can be placed in a common area across the entire space to host a dinner.

Three elements - storage, intimate, and an element in front of the balcony - contain niches primarily intended for artwork. Secondary niches also serve the platform to the bedroom, hidden shower, kitchen, TV, shortcut to the toilet, vegetation... Concrete floors and contrast with wood emphasize the functional parts of the apartment. The materials used are honest, natural, and the greenery further emphasizes this feeling. The wooden construction of the attic has been impregnated and toned white due to damage.

Light in the attic is of paramount importance. We have abandoned the usual concept with uniform lighting of floors, walls, and ceilings. We left the apex of the attic without windows, thus emphasizing the contrast and dynamism of the two-story space.

The staircase, which represents an extension of the apartment and is designed as a semi-public gallery, where the investor exhibited graphics and paintings. They are accessible to residents and visitors, giving the building's common areas a cultural and social pulse.