In Bucharest, an apartment with luxurious marble effects

This project by Laboratorul de Arhitectura is a hymn to light and contemporary living. Marble effects, wood and neutral tones adorn a penthouse overlooking the city.

With its majestic 19th-century buildings rubbing shoulders with imposing, ultra-modern skyscrapers, Bucharest is a bustling city with a vibrant cultural scene and lively shopping districts. Against this urban backdrop combining history and modernity, the architect Cristina Stroe of Laboratorul de Arhitectura has designed an open space featuring clean lines, neutral palettes, luxury materials and the most advanced technologies applied to interior design. Large-format marble-effect panels from The Top Marble Look collection by Marazzi form the centrepiece of the design. These vast surfaces reproduce the tones and patterns of the world’s rarest and most sought-after marbles, and are ideal for creating tops, backsplashes, tables and bespoke furnishings of all types.

For the wall coverings in the living-area, the designers opted for The Top Marble Look Capraia, which draws inspiration from premium Versilia marble, with an ivory-coloured background shot through with highly expressive vein patterns ranging from slate-grey to bronze, in the lux version, to further enhance the spatial effect of the volumes. The Top Marble Capraia is so exceptionally versatile that it was also used to customise the kitchen countertop, the table and the central column: this design choice visually enlarges the space, while maintaining elements of aesthetic continuity between the different areas of the open-plan environment.

Marble-effect large-format panels are also the focal point of the bathroom. Since this room lacks the abundance of natural light enjoyed by the living-area, the designers opted for Grande Marble Look Golden White, whose vein patterns and colour tones are less contrasting than those of Capraia: elegant and understated, Golden White in size 120x278cm was also used as a wall-covering and to create the large square washbasin that forms the centrepiece of the bathroom.

The designers chose The Top line of ceramics by Marazzi both for its aesthetic impact and its outstanding versatility. Available in panels with a thickness of just 6mm, the product is strong, ductile and easy to install and customise in any context, giving architects the opportunity to explore new frontiers and meet complex design needs.

Ph. Kateryna Zolotukhina