The Art of Dwelling

architects Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
project Apartment in the Center, Zagreb, croatia
written by Silva Kalčić


You have a bachelor flat, a continuity of space instead of a series of segments designed as various “episodes” of the original flat concept (in the way that 19th century flat builders were obsessed with the idea of separation). You have a dwelling of activities rather than a dwelling of forms. You can invite friends to watch football and have a beer. Thus, you do not have an oven in your kitchen, but a wine cooler. Mostly you keep your kitchen closed by sliding glazed screens. Except for a mirror for shaving, there are no reflecting surfaces in the flat, everything is opaque. It is masculine, restrained, space communicates with space. Regarding the position of the coffee table in the living area, and the mattress placed down on the floor in the bedroom “compartment”, without a bed frame and without the need to raise the sleeper aloft, you may humorously talk about a low cultural horizon; the bed is in a size of two tatamis.