Apartment for the young dancer

Moscow apartment with a total area of ​​179.4 m2

Passing the gallery

A photo: Mikhail Stepanov

Text: Nikolay Fedyanin

Stylist: Tatyana Ivanenko

Project author: Tatyana Boronina

Architect: Nadezhda Neslukhovskaya, Tatyana Vysotskaya

Decorative finish: Maria Tershhina

Textile: Irina Borisova

Magazine: H (109) 2006

Architect Tatyana Boronina known for making gorgeous classic interiors in a variety of styles: from discreet ar deko up to baroque luxury. But, creating this interior, Tatiana solved a completely different task. "This is an apartment for a young man, so I tried to convey a sense of purity, freshness and openness in the interior," she recalls

Apartment, the interior of which was designed by the architects of the studio AD "Архитектура&Дизайн", located in the house of pre-revolutionary construction, standing at the intersection of two streets. To reconstruct an apartment in such a house is always a holiday for an architect: first, there is usually a lot of light in the corner room; secondly, the windows offer a stunning panoramic view. For example, the windows of this apartment overlook the Boulevard Ring, almost strictly to the west, so that in the evenings one can see the sun setting from the windows of the sun setting behind the roofs of houses.

The main problem for architects was a bad layout. “Apparently, initially there was one big apartment, which probably occupied the entire floor. But then it was divided into several“ pieces ”and it became“ lean ”: on the one side of the window, and on the other - a blank wall. I had to adapt to these conditions” - says Tatyana. She says that the concept of the apartment was a trip along a narrow broken corridor to the light. “A person goes to the light and finds himself in a huge, absolutely white living room space,” the architect explains his idea.

"Path", on which the guests of the maze are traveling, was originally of irregular shape. In the two branches of the corridor are bathrooms. Since in these places are risers, getting rid of the appendix was not possible. And the architects decided to play with the space, based on the principle of pinball - a popular game in which the steel ball rolls down from top to bottom through a series of traps and various obstacles. Following this logic, the architects expanded the opening in the supporting wall, making a small hall between the two bedrooms, and separated from the living room space two small service rooms. And the living room itself was fenced off with a small wall.

A small hall near the living room is designed to enhance the dramatic effect of a collision with white space. On the wall serving as a watershed, the decorator Maria Terekhina molded out of plaster bas-relief of the ancient Greek goddess Nika (in the image and likeness of the famous Nika of Samothrace). "This is a very difficult hand-work, because the bas-relief is made not only on the wall, but also on the ceiling," says Tatyana Boronina. When asked why this goddess of victory appeared on the wall, the architect answered that she wanted to create a feeling of lightness.

In the space of this apartment there are still many objects that emphasize the idea of ​​airiness. For example, lamps in the living room, which Boronin ironically calls soap bubbles. These are objects in which the material is reduced - we use the famous expression of Mies van der Rohe - to beinahe nichts, that is, “almost to nothing”.

Mies van der Rohe is mentioned by chance. After all, the whole apartment is made in the best traditions of functionalism. The beauty here is not reduced to the abundance of decor, but to the use of simple materials (glass, steel, stone) and to the opportunity to admire clean textures and architectural volumes. On the influence of Mies van der Rohe and the tables in this apartment. The famous architect was one of the first to abandon traditional wooden tables; his model Tugendhat with a glass top and steel frame became a model for many generations of designers and architects. And although the glass table in the living room was created by a completely different designer, the idea here is the same: maximum simplicity and maximum lightness, that is, “almost nothing”. Pay attention to the other tables in this apartment - they are also made of glass and metal.

On the glass tables in the bedroom should be said separately. The semicircular bedside table, named E. 1027, was created in 1927 by the famous architect Eileen Gray. He is still considered a classic design, fashionable and modern thing. There are a lot of such bright, interesting things and gizmos in this apartment. After all, the interior itself was invented for a fashionable, of course, a modern young man versed in art.

Project author Tatyana Boronina: "We live in a climatic zone where gray-brown colors prevail. Everything is colored in this color: from houses to clothes that people wear on the streets. And white is the color of purity, the color of youth and freshness. Therefore, when the customer I offered to make an apartment for his son, I chose this color. In general, I would characterize this interior as a breath of fresh air within the Boulevard Ring "