This loft style apartment is situated in a historical building in one of the oldest parts of Moscow dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The batchelor owner enjoys listening to music, has a nightclub lifestyle and his hobby is mixing music and DJ-ing so the designers – Oleg Klodt Architectural Bureau – have reflected this in the layout and choice of finishes. The exposed brick, pipes, radiators, and wooden floor have all been retained but juxtaposed with high end furniture, fittings and rich textures. A party pad in fact, but one that can be turned into a family residence at a later date with very few changes.
The apartment was rearranged so that it consisted of a large open-plan space incorporating the living room, dining room, kitchen and entrance hall. The only walled space is the bathroom which is quite prominent, so it has been partially concealed using an antiqued mirror on the wall. A neat trick. And the fact that it is antiqued makes it look more in keeping with the age of the building.
Some of the original red brick walls have been painted white as it was felt that leaving them would result in a design that looked just too industrial. This is especially effective in the bedroom where a cosier more neutral palette was required. That has been further advanced with some luxurious floor length curtains and silky fabrics.
The office looks much more masculine with more austere furniture and a deeply buttoned leather chair. But I just love the attention to detail. Look at that ceiling, the double doors and those amazing original windows.
In the living room there is a panoramic view from the window of a church façade and, beyond, of the old Moscow buildings. The designers wanted this view to be the star of the room so they created a podium, which makes a functional entrance to the veranda, and shelves for books and CDs. The podium also forms the perfect centre piece for a great party since it can be used as a stage with the DJ stand.
And as much attention to detail has been lavished on the bathroom. A nickel lantern shines down on black marble which looks stunning against the painted white brick.
The Oleg Klodt Architectural Bureau is an international award-winning architectural and design bureau based in Moscow. For more than 15 years, its aim has been to design interiors to the highest standard – both for private homes, and for corporate and leisure businesses. Current projects include: a house in Spain, an apartment in London, and a house in classic soviet-era Constructivist style near Moscow.