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333 — Maisonette Splendida, St. Moritz

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We can only create good architecture if we respect the place where we build. Caty Emonet, owner

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326 — Einfamilienhaus Chapella, S-chanf

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324 — Chesa Pedrolini, Samedan

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Smart Living Design on a Small Budget

335 — Apartment Cumünela, La Punt

Contract: Direct commission

Type: Renovation of apartment

Year: 2022

Status: Built

Service: Planning and construction management

Client: Gemeinde La Punt

Constructed over 30 years ago, this apartment in La Punt, owned by the municipality, could no longer conceal its age or the architectural style of the 1990s. Consequently, it was decided upon to renovate it in a collaborative effort with the municipality, with the aim of transforming the poorly lit space into a contemporary retreat.

The budget constraints were not seen as an obstacle but rather as a challenge for Studio C. “Through this project, we were able to demonstrate that, by artfully combining intriguing materials, deliberate color accents, and clever spatial planning, it is possible to create a home with a warm and inviting atmosphere even with limited financial resources,” explains Caty.

In her design approach, she chose to use linoleum for the entire floor, encompassing both the living and sleeping areas, as well as the kitchen and bathroom. Once considered a cost-effective choice, this eco-friendly material is now back in vogue, thanks to its high content of wood and cork, offering not only environmental sustainability but also numerous benefits such as insulation, durability, a non-slip surface, and a pleasing tactile experience.

“Through this project, we were able to demonstrate that, by artfully combining intriguing materials, deliberate color accents, and clever spatial planning, it is possible to create a home with a warm and inviting atmosphere even with limited financial resources,” explains Caty.

Furthermore, with its availability in a range of colors, different shades of linoleum now highlight the various functional zones within the apartment. For instance, while the bathroom floor gleams in a rich aubergine, the living area is characterised by a sophisticated dark gray floor, and the dining area and bedrooms feature green flooring.

The kitchen also received a rejuvenation and a facelift. Once a narrow, enclosed space, it has been reimagined as an open kitchen island that serves as the focal point of the apartment. Naturally, it boasts its own color scheme: The green central work area harmonises with kitchen cabinets covered in black linoleum, complete with handles crafted from smoked oak wood.

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