The apartment, named Rubikum for Three, is situated just outside the center of Ljubljana and belongs to a young couple and their pet dog. Arhitektura d.o.o has fit out this dwelling with metallic moveable furniture so its owners can adapt the layout to suit their busy social lives.
They had previously lived on the rural fringes of Ljubljana but missed the hustle and bustle of city life, so decided to move closer to the capital. While the location of the 60-square-metre apartment was better suited to the couple, the standardized arrangement of the floorplan felt out of sync with their dynamic lifestyles. Therefore fixed and rigid furniture with predetermined position and function would hinder this. All of the existing partition walls in the apartment have been knocked through to form a looping floor plan that allows the inhabitants – and the dog – to easily move from room to room. The bathroom is now the only space that is now fully enclosed. The variety of routes throughout the apartment is what encouraged its name of “Rubikum”, a Slovenian term that the practice likens to a Rubik’s cube.
The practice specifically chose stainless steel for the mobile furnishings in the hopes that its “subtle lustre” would give the impression of additional light in the apartment. There are a couple of fixed elements in the living area. Down one side runs a wooden sideboard that’s integrated with a work desk. Should the inhabitants want the living area to feel cozier and closed off, they can draw across a full-length silver curtain that has been set on a curved track on the ceiling. When drawn back, it reveals a small winter garden that’s dressed with a couple of armchairs and an array of leafy potted plants. This can be walked through to access the bedroom, which features tall wooden storage cupboards.