Interior design in a historic building is a huge challenge, especially if the building, apart from its historical value, also has unique aesthetics and a new function.The administrative building of the Polish State Railways is one of the most characteristic architectural monuments in Rzeszów.Its beautiful brick facade catches the eye, and the characteristic railway surroundings stimulate the imagination.
The design of the office space has completely different assumptions than the design of the residential interior.The space must be universal, reflecting the nature of the enterprise.In the case of the interior of a historic building, we can not avoid referring to the existing character of the place.
In the administrative building of the Polish State Railways, we were responsible for a thorough modernization of staircases, corridors and bathrooms.All these spaces were in very poor condition; it is true that it has been renovated many times but without a coherent vision.
An additional challenge was the fatal proportions of the largest designed spaces – corridors.They are very narrow, long, with lots of scattered doors and offices.
The building has no reception area or clearly separated vestibule.It was also not possible to create a buffer between the external space and the interior.The first meeting with the interior takes place in the staircase, which must properly welcome guests and fulfill the functions of communication and information.In the cage design, we put the greatest emphasis on the quality of the finishing materials used.We have kept the cage space in a fairly universal style.The brick outcrop refers to the building facade.Small elements such as black steel handrails indicate a more charismatic corridor character.
There are many design problems in spaces with poor proportions.To remedy them, among other things, we talked the Investor into the walls much darker than today.Bright spaces bring out chiaroscuro, while dark ones thicken the boundaries of space, which will also lose the wrong proportions of the corridors.
To avoid an overly modern style, we have proposed NORTE cabinet doors, with a slightly old school look .On the floors, we designed tiles imitating Venice Villa terrazzo brand FMG which is a reference to the staircase found in the building.On the ceilings we have found a place for railway-themed graphics.Yes, to remind users and guests of the basic idea of the facility’s work.;-)
We have given the bathrooms a classic and neat look with a touch of luxury.We used timeless stoneware tiles imitating Delconca HBO10 marble on the walls and floors.
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