Contemporary warmth is the underlying theme in every detail of Haptic’s work. There are no superfluous elements here, if it does not contribute to comfort or efficiency, then it is not part of the design. The elegance instead lies in the uplifting spatial drama achieved through clean lines, right angles and pleasing geometric shapes. Gaze around these apartments and see nothing but wide open space.

Haptic has designed three duplex apartments in the Helios and one single-storey apartment in the Crescent.

The practice

‘Our goal was to create as flexible a space as possible, with as much natural light as possible.’

Haptic is an inventive young practice with its roots in London and Oslo. The clarity of their architecture is a direct nod to their Norwegian provenance, which is rooted in rational, pragmatic design thinking. Their work feels right at home in the farflung Norwegian Fjords and likewise in the heart of the city. The practice has recently won a prestigious housing competition in Drøbak, Norway.

Studio photograph
Studio photograph
Studio photograph

Design approach

Flexibility is key: the functional elements in these apartments are contained within the ‘utility cube,’ from which the living spaces radiate outward. With the utilities neatly tucked away, the configuration leaves more room for open-plan living.

Haptic’s underlying idea for these apartments, ‘warm contemporary’, is expressed through the neutrality of the material palette: satin polished concrete, light oak, dark grey metal details and soft textiles underfoot.


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