Attic potential

a two-level attic with an area of ​​90 m2 (center of St. Petersburg) Andrey Kurochkin A small attic room that has been changed beyond recognition. Significantly expanded space formed around the round hall

Passing the gallery

A photo: Peter Lebedev

Text: Andrey Krys

Architect: Andrey Kurochkin

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Often, architects believe that the main constraint for complete freedom is external pressure: only in its absence can it be possible to give a creation the maximum degree of creative freedom, meaningful and aesthetic integrity. When creating this Petersburg apartment, the “opponent” was not - and this is the most important success factor: professionalism, artistic flair, not constrained by any framework, made it possible to implement the project in a remarkable way In the work on the project, the task to meet the minimum budget played an important role. At the same time it was important not to turn work into a routine apartment renovation, the meaning of which is nothing more than an update of everyday situations. A small attic room is an ordinary, quite standard apartment "material" in the center of St. Petersburg. This is achieved by carefully selected interior elements of natural stone, stainless steel, glass. The design of the balcony fence was borrowed from the Italian architect Gaetano Pesce and brings an additional playable meaning, being a frank quote from the modern interior of a Parisian apartment. With a relatively modest budget apartment gives the impression of high-quality, stylish and distinctively decorated premises. The apartment is deliberately missing furniture: the sofa is more likely not a utilitarian item, but a shape that fits well with the geometry of space. The lack of furniture reimburses the piano: the balcony, where it is located, is perceived at the same time as a kind of scene. The bathroom, which occupies a seemingly disproportionately large area in relation to the rest of the premises, is designed to confirm the reluctance of the apartment owners to reckon with the lack of space. Unlike the rest of the space, it is made in rich red colors, creating a somewhat dramatized, theatrical atmosphere that works for the overall image of the apartment. The author, therefore, has focused on the organization of space as such. This, first of all, answered the urgent task to re-arrange the given planning. On the other hand, the need for such a reorganization became for the architect and the leading stylistic principle of the project. The lack of declarativeness here, one can say, is declared: the space itself sets the volume, color, style.