Bettina, CEO of R. S. V. Р Firm
Michael, President and founder of Indochine Media Ventures, Singapore
Number of rooms: 3
Metric region: 200 m²
Ceiling height: 3.9 m
Number of levels: 2
A house of 1823, in which Bettina and Michael purchased a cockloft in 2003, was re-constructed a number of times and has a rich history. Originally two-storey, now it functions 4 floors. The house is ranked as a declared cultural heritage internet site. Its inhabitants had its face restored at their own expense.
For their future loved ones nest Michael and Bettina hired an architect Catherine Artukhina (APK Architects). Michael’s ancestors utilized to live in Russian Empire in pre-revolutionary instances, and Russian cultural heritage is not foreign for this couple. Still, their life-style, occupation and tastes necessary a high level of comfort, purity of architectural shapes, colors and texture combinations. So, the architect’s job was to balance history and modernity. The interior décor was handled by Bettina herself.
Amongst the most challenging tasks have been adding the attic to the principal living space, integration of the staircase whilst preserving historical decorative elements (molding, valances), and reinforcement of lift slabs.
A spacious hall featuring a window and stairs major to the attic floor is an ex-closet zone, which was added to the entrance hall. The half-pace wooden stair is illuminated by slit accent lights of stairs and a built-in LED lamp installed on the best of the wall. This trick enabled creation of a pure architectural shape, which appears more like a levitating sculpture. Such a staircase was inspired by old English homes, in which such designer options were motivated by tight metric places.
The initial level (~ 100 m²) utilized to be 5-space, with a kitchen and a bathroom. For the sake of much more openness of the space, the new owners decided to unite 3 rooms. The décor is predominantly presented by shades of white colour and all-natural supplies (flax, leather, wood), and types a excellent neutral background to contrasting specifics: furnishings, lamps and accessories. The interior stuff is a accurate reflection of the hosts’ previous and life-style — it contains several antiques along with modern products and versatile souvenirs. According to the hosts, the space is a sort of a 3D-diary of their life and voyages. As for the furnishings, it is for the most component European − Flos, Kartell, Vitra, − and the accessories come from England, Germany and Asia.
The other wing of the lodging includes a kitchen and a bathroom. Sanitary porcelain by Duravit and Hansgrohe.
Geometry of the garret space is set by slopes of the roof. Because in the middle of the space the ceiling height is 2.8 m, and on the periphery − 80 cm, practically the complete furnishings for this level had to be custom-produced.
The geometrically complex attic level was planned with openness in mind. The architect divided it functionally and visually into a few zones: a bedroom, a home office, a relaxation spot, a walk-in closet and a bathroom. All-natural light comes from a dormer window, which affords a great view of starry heaven.
For the sake of preserving the space integrity, zoning was made without a single wall — even the bathroom is not confined. Ceramic granite was utilised solely for facing the shower cabin. The rest of the walls, which do not have water get in touch with, were covered with specific waterproof paint. Mixing taps by Hansgrohe, sink by Arbi, toilet bowl by Duravit.