Luxury Cockloft for a Family with Four Kids Arranged with Multiple Mezzanines and Decorated with Corkwood
Number of rooms: 8
Metric area: 348 m²
Ceiling height: 4.4 m
Number of levels: 4
In the height of the world economic crisis of 2008 — a challenging time for architects— Peter Kostyolov received an unhoped-for mail with two orders. One in a tight lodging of China Town, the other – in a double-level apartment, 250 m² in area. Truth is, the former was sold after a slight refurbishment: the new owner hid the carefully restored brick masonry under a layer of artificial brickwork with plastic and installed a shower cabin with hydro-massage instead of sanitary porcelain by Duravit (“1930” line).
Yet, the architect’s injured feelings were completely healed by the second project. The space was truly breathtaking: 250 m², two levels, 9-meter-high ceilings in some parts of the flat – all that gave room for implementing Peter’s favorite elements – mezzanines. On top of that, the clients, a family with two kids, gave him a blank check. The only condition was warm color range.
The whole process took as long as two years, which was enough for the preset context to change: now the hosts got another two babies. This fact certainly affected the original architectural and functional plans.
The project was unique for many reasons, which made it possible to turn the lodging into a house in the house. Thanks to the great ceiling height, two levels were supplemented with another one, which added about 80 bonus square meters to the living space.
1 — Kitchen
2 — Dining room
3 — WC
4,5 — Walk-in closets
6 — Corridor
Metric area: 68.26 m²
The first level includes a kitchen, dining room, two walk-in closets and bathroom. With the exception of beds and sofas, the entire furniture of this apartment was custom-made from the architect’s drawings.
Downlights and suspended lamps — Traddel.
Tile — Arkadia (Eco Ceramica), Nuovi Colori line, colors: Grigio Chiaro, Marron Druciato.
7,8,9 — Kids’ rooms
10 — Lounge with fireplace
11 — Billiard room
12 — Library
13 — WC
14 — Kids’ bathroom
15 — Boxroom
16 — Laundry
17 — Corridor
18 — WC
19 — Bathroom
Metric area: 189.14 m²
Initially the second level represented a high-ceilinged space, 60 m² in area. Now it is vertically divided into two parts. The lower one includes a lounge with a billiard-table, bar and fireplace.
Lamps — Diesel with Foscarini.
Tile — Refin Ceramiche, Focus line, Verde color. Arm-chairs — Ulivi. Floor lamp — Diesel with Foscarini.
A block of three kids’ rooms is also high-ceilinged. After being divided into two levels, each of the rooms in the block got 30 bonus square meters.
Suspended lamp — Diesel with Foscarini.
Corkwood is the dominant finishing material used in the apartment.
The right side of the flat is set aside as a home library, also supplemented with a bonus level.
20 — Study
21 — Parents’ bedroom
22 — Corridor
23 — Adults’ bedroom
24 — Closet
Metric area: 53.97 m²
A bedroom and a study are located on the overbuilt level.
In his plan the architect made provisions for two offsets in the lift slab between the upper levels. One was set aside for stairs, the other forms a peculiar wellhole. In this fashion Peter was able to connect the two levels, balance the lighting and separate the study and the bedroom with glass partitions.