Designing a beautiful apartment with a lot of sunlight for a young family that collects art, that was the task the Russian Blockstudio was given for this project. Much attention went to finding the most appropriate lay-out for the residence.
Thirteen years ago, brother and sister Natalia and Ivan Trofimov founded their architectural office Blockstudio. Meanwhile, they have more than sixty projects on their record, where their combined knowledge - Ivan is an architect, Natalia has a degree in art history - comes in perfectly handy. In every project, they strive to create an interior that perfectly fits the owners’ way of living. The studio itself compares it to making an old portrait on which every object and every detail add character to the whole. The most important conditions for a successful result, however, are functionality and simplicity. Superfluous details that draw too much attention away from the atmosphere are carefully avoided. Instead, you get an interior that is light and airy. According to Natalia, devising the perfect lay-out is the most fun part of her job, and also the aspect that adds most value to a residence. In this apartment, they designed a circular plan, in which you can move around all rooms in a circular form. Before the studio cut its teeth on the project, the apartment was quite empty, except for a column in the centre of the room. This was hidden in the portal leading from the entrance to the living space with kitchen, living room and dining room. Furthermore, they designed a study, a children's room and a bedroom for the parents. The ceiling in the kitchen and living room was lowered, but the height of the ceiling next to the panoramic windows remained the same. The interesting design keeps the kitchen from looking too traditional.
Wood receives a prominent position
Wood receives a prominent position in this interior. To create an impression of space, the walls were masked as partitions. For the wall panelling and the parquet, iroko wood was used. Marble cut into tiles with a special pattern was used in this apartment as well. Since the owners often meet artists and curators in this flat, it was important to have plenty of space for paintings and sculptures. For this, the architects found a very creative solution, namely a sliding structure built into the wall that serves as a partition for the living area and is retractable. Just like in museums, works of art can thus be easily displayed.
With this project, Blockstudio again manages to give its owners a place that is fully adapted to their lives. With a sublime interior that radiates warmth and inspiration, nothing stands in their way to let their creativity flow freely! Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Mikhail Loskutov