In neon light

two-level apartment with a total area of ​​320 m2 Yuri Minakov, Arthur Gogh, Irina Mavrodieva

Passing the gallery

A photo: Dmitry Livshits

Text: Maria Kriger

Architect: Юрий Минаков, Irina Mavrodieva, Артур Гога

Magazine: N11 (67) 2002

Light is truly capable of transforming the world around it. In the afternoon, the apartment looks respectable, slightly bourgeois; in the evening, lamps and floor lamps create intimacy and intimacy. Neon light is associated with the nightlife of a big city. So, one click of the switch - and you have a club atmosphere in your apartment The space of the house is decided by single planes and is subject to clear zoning. The public part - living room, dining room, kitchen - is located on the first floor. The second floor is reserved for a private, intimate zone: here are a study and bedrooms. The staircase, which originally existed near the entrance door, was transferred to the center in the process. This is how the visual axis originated, connecting the space of the house - a glass, rigidly twisted spiral, a kind of surreal "deck of cards" leading to the second floor. The steps are absolutely transparent, "incorporeal": at the bottom - the emptiness, the "abyss", light dizziness and a feeling of a certain unreality of the surrounding world. And at the same time a subtle hint: there, above, there is an intimate zone, deliberately hidden from prying eyes. In this case, the ladder is not an invitation, but rather a kind of barrier between "private" and "public." The color solution of the apartment also works to differentiate the space. The first floor is made in a very rich "informative" combination of terracotta-orange and ashen with a mother-of-pearl spark, anthracite, the second - in the natural sandy range. The first floor - party, the most open space, divided into zones with a podium and glass partitions. The second one is also geometrically built, but, on the contrary, is divided into closed bedroom areas (each with its own bathroom). Here restraint and tranquility reign. Sharp accents are absent - everything disposes to renounce everyday worries and fuss. The bathroom adjoining the master bedroom is “divorced” in two rooms: one has a bathroom with two sinks, a shower, etc., and the other has a bath. Dressed in a kind of glass frame, it resembles a piece of conceptual art rather than a completely banal part of an apartment. "Growing up" from the functionalism of the last century (precisely in accordance with its principles, space is zoned), the interior constantly refers to the aesthetics of the sixties. Almost every room has its own piece of furniture, which is a kind of art object. So, in the office is a table from PROMEMORIA, the living room of the first floor is decorated with a “broken” screen by Ailis Gray (1922). At the same time, the famous designer items of those years, like the ball chair from Eero Aarnio, echo the modern replicates (for example, the chairs from MINOTTI used in the dining room) and such finds as the orange table designed by the architects according to the customer’s idea. And, of course, light. Everyday, everyday is daylight and artificial; cozy floor lamps and sconces that allow you to relax after a tiring day. But ... one keystroke - and the whole house is illuminated by flickering neon. So urban and alluring, cool and sensual at the same time. So significant and significant for a modern person, especially a resident of a megacity: passion and romance, despair and hope ... Show must go on.Irina Mavrodieva: "The interior is not born" in one sitting "on a white sheet of paper. Interesting details gradually emerge. Details. Sometimes a separate piece of furniture or an accessory can create space and create an atmosphere. For example, an orange dining table brings an aura of artistry and refined bohemia to the house ".