Music & Photo Cockloft with Rough and Rustic Accents: Skewed Ceiling, Wooden Beams and Brick Masonry

September 17, 2013
Posted in Apartments


The Hosts:
Helen, a photographer
Denis, a DJ

Number of rooms: 1
Metric area: 65 m²
Ceiling height: 3.5 m
Floor number: 8

At the end of 1990s this house in the north of Moscow was supplemented with a bonus floor of cozy cocklofts. Being a government property on paper, it was handed over to artists so that they could arrange here their studios.

It turns out that the inhabitants of the attic floor live like on a platform from “Harry Potter” fairy-tale: it seemingly doesn’t exist at all. At least, according to the owners, many other tenants of the house have no idea about the existence of the garrets.

Due to absence of central heating, in winter time space heaters have to work without repose. On the other hand, via a small window you can get on the roof, which affords a great city view.

A spacious studio suddenly went to Helen from her brother, but on a very bad moment: the girl just got down to writing her graduation work, and the dwelling was crying for renovation. All of a sudden she met Denis, who volunteered to help Helen provided that he will be allowed to live in the flat. After a few months of refurbishment works the guys started dating and now live here together.


The apartment was quite suitable for living: reasonably furnished and made homey with the help of photos, souvenirs and other interesting details and interior stuff.


Two years ago, when the guys were moving in, they planned to adapt this lodging to work, creativity and home parties. But in practice these plans were not to be: parties sparked conflicts with neighbors, and the space, which sort of disposes to creativity, is more suitable for rest. Say, an outstretched background for a home photo-studio is sooner used as a screen for a projector. A sofa, kitchen set and mirror were here at the moment of move-in. Behind the screen arranged are a bedroom and walk-in closet: bedroom walls, which were restored by Denis in the first place, rolled round to their original condition due to roof leakages.




With smart frosts in mind the owners acquired three space heaters. However, episodic accidents do occur: water and other installations are electrically powered, while power cuts are not uncommon for this neighborhood. The window serves as a roof exit, and Helen frequently arranges here photo shoots in a good weather.


One of Helen’s move-in incentives was the need for a cooking area appropriate for culinary experiments. The hostess is fond of cooking, frequently bakes biscuits, makes jam and other sweeties for sale, and participates in fairs. Despite their freelance jobs, Helen and Denis keep to their own schedule and plan of the day. For instance, their inviolable tradition is drawing together for dinner at 4 p.m.


One of the flossy interior details is the wall with photos, which goes on its expansion with each new travel.



The opposite wall is dedicated to Denis’s major hobby – music. A series of posters on the history of music media was bought by the guys in Brussels. With it they had a slight mishap on the customs station: works were packed in pizza boxes, which aroused the customs officer’s suspicions and sparked off a thoroughgoing luggage inspection. A puzzle with soda cans was bought by Helen in a common store: thus she found a pastime for herself and Denis for the whole year.


Denis arranged his working place at Helen’s suit, when she was leaving to study in the USA. On coming back, she was agreeably surprised to find a DJ controller and a disco ball.



Arranged in a glass casing on a raised floor is a bathroom inlaid with red-and-yellow mosaic.



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