Black Box Attic Apartment, Prague Real Estate Interior, Prague Building Project, Contemporary Czech Architecture Photos

Attic Apartment with a Black Box in Prague

3 Feb 2022

Design: Komon architekti

Location: Libeň, Prague 8, Czech Republic

Black Box Attic Apartment Prague

Images by Tomáš Slavík

Black Box Attic Apartment is the attic of a 1930s townhouse in Prague Libeň. An apartment was built here in the 1990s. But there were too many rooms, more than the client needed, anyway. The joy of open attic space was lost in the clutter. Komon architekti’s task was to find it again.

Black Box Attic Apartment Prague

Black Box Attic Apartment Prague

Attic Apartment with a Black Box, Prague

The height is an essential quality in any attic. With that in mind, we open up the living room to create a double-height space accentuated by a tall bookshelf on one of the walls. In the centre of the apartment we insert a new core: a black wooden box to conceal a small bathroom, make up the stairs and catwalk on the second level, while still allowing daylight deep into the entrance hall. This way we simplified the layout without resorting to structural changes.

Black Box Attic Apartment Prague

The open plan kitchen living room is located at the bottom of the two-level apartment. A pull down projection screen is installed between two structural posts in the middle of the open plan room.

Black Box Attic Apartment Prague

The kitchen with island has additional storage space hidden in the black box. The second level is more private. Black wooden catwalk above the living room connects the bedroom with a second bathroom. A rooftop terrace can be accessed from the bedroom through a French window.

Black Box Attic Prague

The material palette is reduced down to oil treated veneer for the black box, oak veneer flooring, and terrazzo for the kitchen worktops, backsplash and bathroom surfaces. White colour tones are used for the rest of the furniture, and white wall paint. The exposed roof truss elements and steel posts in the living room are left bare. Plain linear lighting in the kitchen underscores the raw character and geometry of the space, creating a juxtaposition with the two elegant glass chandeliers in the open plan living room.

Black Box Attic Prague

The client experienced some changes in his personal life during the final phase of the construction and asked for cost reductions. In an effort to economize we made some detailing changes that wouldn’t affect the whole project. In the end we managed to maintain the original bold architectural concept.

Black Box Attic Prague

Attic Apartment with a Black Box in Prague, CZ – Building Information

Design: Komon architekti –

A radical remodel of a 1990s attic apartment in Prague Libeň.

Author: Martin Gaberle
Contact: E-mail [email protected]
Social media:
Studio address: Zenklova 24/54, 180 00 Prague 8 – Libeň, Czech Republic
Co-author: Bořek Peška, Lucie Roubalová, Jana Drtinová

Project location: Prague 8, Libeň, Czech Republic

Project year: 2019
Completion year: 2021
Built-up Area: 141 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 109 sqm
Usable Floor Area: 84 sqm

Cabinetry: Zlatý řez,

Czech interior by Komon architekti

oak veneer treated with black oil – black box, staircase
white DTDL board – bespoke furniture
Mirage Norr terrazzo – wall and floor surfaces
concrete plaster – bathroom wall surfaces
Meister multi-layer oak veneer flooring – floors, landing floor
tempered glass – handrail infill, glazing, shower screen
coated steel – original support posts, handrail frame
spruce timber – original roof truss structure

Prague interior design by Komon architekti Czech interior design by Komon architekti

Products and Brands
Neverending Glory light — Lasvit\
LED tapes — Klus\
Panton chairs — Vitra\
Shelf One White — Master and Master\
Tray table — Hay\
Voxtorp kitchen — IKEA\
Soderhamn sofa — IKEA\

About Komon architekti
Komon architekti is a Prague based architecture studio founded by Lucie Roubalová and Martin Gaberle in 2017. We are partners and university classmates from the Faculty of Architecture at the CTU in Prague. Together with architects Bořek Peška and Jana Drtinová we make up a small team that allows us to give individual attention and care to each of our projects.

We design projects of varying scale, from interiors, where every detail matters, to industrial halls or public park. Working on different scales doesn’t mean we use different design processes. Always engaging our emotions as well as our rational thinking, we seek singular solutions. Singular in the sense that they are of a single, united idea, where everything is related and tied together. The result is modestly refined and calm.

A good working relationship with the client is more important to us than a big or attractive commission. We listen to requirements and respect means. We expect a similar kind of respect when presenting our designs. Our goal is for the client to be happy with the result. Which is why we consult the design from the first sketch to the last detail.

Black Box Attic Prague

Photographer: Tomáš Slavík –, [email protected]

Black Box Attic Apartment, Prague images / information received 030222 from Komon architekti

Location: Libeň, Prague 8, Czech Republic, central eastern Europe

Architecture in Prague

Prague Architecture

Prague Building Designs – chronological list

Prague Building News

Architecture Tours Prague – Czech capital city walks by e-architect

Prague Architect Studios

J&T Finance Group Headquarters, Sokolovská 700/113a, Prague 8 – Karlín
Design: CMC architects
J&T Finance Group Headquarters Prague
photograph : BoysPlayNice
J&T Finance Group Headquarters

Elementary School Amos, Pražská 1000, Dolní Jircany, 252 44 Psáry, Czech Republic
Architects: SOA architekti
Elementary School Amos Psary Dolni Jircany Prague
photos : Jakub Skokan and Martin Tuma
Elementary School Amos for Psáry & Dolní Jircany

Comments / photos for the Black Box Attic Apartment, Prague designed by Komon architekti page welcome