AV Loft – Contemporary Pad from Serbia by Arhitektura Budjevac

Set in the region of Niš in Serbia, this small apartment takes advantage of an open plan layout to make the property feel larger than it actually is.


The renovation project, which saw the merging of two smaller units into a single residence, was under taken by Arhitektura Budjevac. The project was completed in 2016 and has been dubbed AV Loft.

AV Loft Arhitektura Budjevac Serbia Living Room Kitchen Bedroom Humble Homes


The client, a young man in his 20’s contacted Arhitektura Budjevac to help him transform what was formerly two tiny apartments into a a larger, more functional property. All of the walls were torn down as part of the process, creating a much larger space into which they could allocate rooms.

AV Loft Arhitektura Budjevac Serbia Kitchen Humble Homes


The only section of AV Loft not to be included as part of the open plan living area is the bathroom. It’s concealed behind a wooden panel wall that resembles a stack of wood. The rest of the apartment is divided up by function and, in the bedroom, by a glass wall partition.

AV Loft Arhitektura Budjevac Serbia Bedroom Humble Homes

The property contains a total area of 1022.57-square-feet (95-square-meters). This space is divided up between a bathroom, bedroom, dining area, living room and kitchen. There are also two small balconies, one accessed from the living room, the other from the bedroom.

AV Loft Arhitektura Budjevac Serbia Bathroom Humble Homes

The interior is mostly extrovert in design, although the bedroom does contain a privacy curtain. From the architects: “The apartment’s interior is extrovert in its nature, yet some of its elements are rather introverted. Made of  black  glossy particle  board, the kitchen is hidden behind the harmonica system.”

AV Loft Arhitektura Budjevac Serbia Floor Plan Humble Homes

Windows are found on one side of the building only. To ensure a minimum level of light, a varied artificial lighting plan was developed and implemented. Recessed lighting, spot lights and down lights can all be found throughout: “Light exaggerates its form and gives it an atmospheric halo effect.”

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Via ArchDaily
Photos: Andreja Budjevac

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.