Anya and Borya he founders of the bureau purchased a modest studio apartment in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia with an area of only 38 m2, which had been empty for a lot of a long time. They decided to change an condominium with plaster falling off and damaged windows into a compact residing room and a place wherever the doors are constantly open for friends.
The very first detail that was made a decision to do right here was to obvious the walls and ceilings of dilapidated plaster, switch all utilities, and reinforce some openings, the construction of which was flawed. The apartment’s configuration is a one of a kind one for the center – with home windows on 3 sides and accessibility to a tiny balcony. But the most uncommon remnant is a historic mild lantern in the ceiling, measuring nearly 3×3 meters.
The guys have performed a lot of work to restore this lantern, bolster the construction, and substitute the sealed double-glazed device. After clearing the partitions and ceilings, the severe brick partitions and concrete overlap were exposed. We preferred to continue to keep them open up, leave them specifically as they ended up – with tough seams, construction inscriptions, and metal fragments. At that, we wanted to make the main house clean up, concise, and minimalist.
The fellas desired the condominium to contain a large functionality – both equally totally free space for functions, and a comfy spot for pastime, and a large sum of closed storage that would not litter up the house. Then there was an strategy to encompass the room about the perimeter with white panels that cover all the performance guiding them. Driving these panels, storage, radiators, and engineering models are concealed in different depths.
This method permitted to completely abandon any freestanding furniture, besides for the table and couch. The same panels surround the rest room unit, higher than which there is a sleeping region. The black quantity of the closet, in which the refrigerator is also concealed, is cantilevered as a independent ingredient in distinction to the white ecosystem.
Easy panels produce a contrast with the open ceiling and change the house into a blank canvas, which is a visible treat. Only a several cabinets with favored books and artwork objects remained open up. A picket workbench table became a focal level in the heart of the apartment.
All the lighting electrics had been positioned as a result of the attic to depart the ceiling as thoroughly clean as feasible and conceal all the wires. All furnishings, apart from for Muuto chairs and Fild lamps, was built by us in accordance to an personal undertaking.