Industrial-Style Apartment Based on Iron Framework, Adjusted Geometry and Mathematical Calculation
Peter Kostyolov, an architect, a designer
Olga Feshina, an artist, a fashion designer
Number of rooms: 4
Metric area: 86 m²
Ceiling height: 2.8 m
Floor number: 2
Peter bought a studio apartment on Bolshaya Polyanka back in 1994 and for next 10 years turned it into a common bachelor’s nest. A single space included a kitchenette and a study with a podium intersecting the entire apartment.
With the appearance of Olga Feshina life here completely changed: the hosts started to work more from home and needed more personal space for creation. In the beginning Olga took pictures of her collections right on the podium, but in 2003 the couple finally set their teeth for major overhaul.
This turned out to be quite easy, since Peter initially laid the foundation for future changes – a frame of pipes, which enables versatile interior transformations while preserving the basic concept. Peter has a recognizable author’s style, which is characterized by use of industrial materials, traditionally unappropriated for interior décor.
Morphogenetic idea of the space is based on a frame made of steel pipes, which was at first metalled. According to the host, this way of interior designing is “industrial, extreme, cold, dark and harsh”. The experiment consisted in utilizing metal as a basic material for decorating accommodations and despite its boldness and suddenness worked out.
During the latest renovation, which took place in 2012, the lodging was altered beyond recognition, while the layout was left unchanged. Estimating the metric area of the space is no easy task, since all the rooms, though isolated, swimmingly pass one into another creating the feeling of unanimity. Thanks to a tight kitchen and a small bedroom, the apartment features a spacious lounge, two studies, two walk-in closets, a bathroom and a guest’s WC with a shower. Ceilings in corridors are significantly lower than in the rest of the apartment due to built-in ceiling cabinets for storing different stuff.
The lounge is the most spacious room of the flat, which has exits to all of the other rooms.
Future interior changes were provided for on the stage of designing the space. Its base is an iron framework, adjusted geometry and mathematical calculation: dividing the ceiling by 4 equals a step of 70 cm, which is the integrated principle of the entire interior. For instance, multiplying 70 by three is the lowest point of ceiling cabinets, by two – height of the wall cabinet in the lounge, by four – the bookstand.
Previously the framework was metalled, but with the extension of the experiment in 2012 the initial idea was newly-opened. The space started to look different, which also found its reflection in the project’s name — WWW.AP (Wood Warm Wight Apartment). Such kind of effect was reached by means of replacing metal plates with wooden ones.
Stylistic change-over was intensified by use of a warmer shade of gray as a basic wall color, and numerous interior details – curtains, pillows and bedspreads.
The glass wall conceals a walk-in closet. Located to the right is a study.
The hosts are fond of travelling, but minimalist concept of décor is carefully preserved in daily life. Few details, clothes and pretty-pretties from Olga’s collections perfectly blend with the existing aesthetics.
Planked central group divides the space into two full-fledged zones – a public and a private one. Opposite the study there is a one more walk-in closet, a bedroom and a study. The central zone including bathroom and the kitchen is full-circle: you can walk around it to find yourself in the living room again.
The kitchen was left so small on purpose: at first Peter and Olga used to be vegetarians, and recently went on uncooked plants diet – so they don’t need many kitchen utensils.