Anya and Borya he founders of the bureau purchased a little studio apartment in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia with an area of only 38 m2, which had been empty for numerous several years. They made the decision to turn an apartment with plaster slipping off and damaged windows into a compact residing place and a location in which the doorways are constantly open for mates.
The first matter that was decided to do here was to crystal clear the partitions and ceilings of dilapidated plaster, replace all utilities, and reinforce some openings, the construction of which was flawed. The apartment’s configuration is a exceptional 1 for the heart – with windows on a few sides and obtain to a smaller balcony. But the most unconventional remnant is a historic mild lantern in the ceiling, measuring just about 3×3 meters.
The guys have completed a great deal of do the job to restore this lantern, improve the structure, and switch the sealed double-glazed device. After clearing the walls and ceilings, the harsh brick partitions and concrete overlap were being uncovered. We needed to preserve them open, depart them particularly as they were being – with rough seams, construction inscriptions, and steel fragments. At that, we desired to make the primary space clear, concise, and minimalist.
The men required the apartment to contain a big features – each free space for get-togethers, and a cozy spot for pastime, and a massive total of shut storage that would not muddle up the place. Then there was an idea to surround the space around the perimeter with white panels that cover all the functionality guiding them. Behind these panels, storage, radiators, and engineering units are hidden in various depths.
This system allowed to wholly abandon any freestanding household furniture, other than for the desk and sofa. The very same panels surround the bathroom unit, earlier mentioned which there is a sleeping spot. The black volume of the closet, in which the fridge is also concealed, is cantilevered as a individual component in contrast to the white atmosphere.
Smooth panels create a contrast with the open up ceiling and flip the house into a blank canvas, which is a visible handle. Only a couple of cabinets with favorite publications and artwork objects remained open. A wooden workbench desk turned a focal position in the middle of the condominium.
All the lights electrics have been located by the attic to depart the ceiling as clear as doable and hide all the wires. All home furnishings, apart from for Muuto chairs and Fild lamps, was made by us according to an personal task.