Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Project Year: 2015
Area: 62 m2

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One bedroom apartment near the Udelny park was specially designed for the rental. It’s made by the Russian-based team of designers from INT2 architecture.

The basic principles of the project:
– A limited budget (800 thousand rubles = 12,430 euro for everything, including equipment, furniture and decoration.);
– Redefining objects, materials and things;
– DIY furniture and accessories;
– A combination of Japanese and Scandinavian minimalism elements.

The planning space of the apartment is divided into living room with kitchen-dining room, hallway, bedroom, bathroom and balcony. Hallway with a spacious dressing room is separated from the living room with the buffer partition of full-bodied and ventilation aggregate concrete blocks overlooking the natural light.

The project uses low-cost and readily available finishing materials: painted walls, flooring made of pine, white ceramic tiles, birch plywood. Concrete floors in the hallway and on the balcony and ceiling were left after the builder. They were without finishing, but coated with a protective varnish.

Part of the furniture and accessories has been made or modified by the designer on the spot: plywood boxes along the windows, dining table and chairs, chests of drawers in the lounge area and the bedroom, bedside tables, lamps, clothes rail, shelves in the kitchen and wardrobe, sliding doors, lampshades fixtures, knobs, table under the sink, holders for paper towels in the bathroom.

Despite the fact that the designers have positioned their project as a Japanese – Scandinavian minimalism, the final result is clearly traced by Russian motives. And I think that it’s totally beautiful.

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