We get why so many urban dwellers we know prefer bikes to cars. Aside from the environmental reasons, finding parking for four wheels on city streets can be a real doozy, while finding parking for two wheels can be as easy as strolling through the front door. And now that we’ve seen this charming apartment in Vienna, we realize there’s yet another compelling reason to chose bikes: They make great art.
Hanging front and center on the walls of the spacious entry are the owners’ bikes. “The bikes…have a special meaning for the owners—they are not only their primary means of transportation but an expression of urban freedom,” says Blaž Kandus, co-founder of Kombinat Arhitekti, an architecture firm based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, that worked on the remodel. “The character of the apartment and its owners is expressed in this spacious entry hall.”
The rest of the apartment—fun, clever, and stylish—also reflects their personalities and priorities. Let’s take a tour.
Photography by Janez Marolt, courtesy of Kombinat Arhitekti.