Reviving a 1920s Jewel: Habitat 100 Stockholm Residence by Note.
Note Design Studio recently completed a full-scale renovation of a historic 350sqm apartment in central Stockholm, located within an early 1920s building designed by the influential architecture firm Höög & Morsing. Found in state that was a far cry from the original, Note set out to bring the apartment back to its former glory. The new interior could easily pass for the original, with the introduction of all the contemporary comforts of today.
The residence needed to be updated with a new floor plan, making the most of the six large rooms while rejuvenating the inner spaces in terms of light and function. With a client request to improve internal acoustics, Note removed all floors to incorporate sound-absorbing marble pebbles and introduced suspended ceilings in all the rooms.
The interior detailing was completely reimagined, with new floor patterns, stucco ceiling profiles, radiator covers and door and window frames. Every element was designed by Note together with their very detail-oriented client.
“Never before have we had the opportunity to design across such a diversity of touchpoints. From the overarching strategies of space design, right down to the minutiae of the fixtures and fittings; we ensured that every single part of the interior answered to a higher purpose than a brief or concept,” says Note designer Jesper Mellgren. “This was a dream project in many ways — one that challenged our creative skills on a daily basis, pushing us to the next level as a team and studio.”
To anchor the interior in the immediate surroundings, Note took a bespoke domestic approach, using local carpentry for all joinery pieces, as well as stonework quarried from Glanshammar, a two-hour drive from Stockholm.
Three out of the four bathrooms are distinguished from each other using various Swedish marbles, while the fourth and smallest bathroom is created from a distinctive patchwork of waste pieces left over from the tiling of the others. The two curved fireplaces are made of Brännlyckan marble in two contrasting patterns, sourced from Närke to the south of Stockholm.
By using local materials and craft techniques, Note, alongside their client, has celebrated and renewed a treasured space for today and many generations to come.
[Images courtesy of Note Design Studio. Photography by Irina Boersma.]