Apartment in Moscow by Ivan Kachalov

This 753 sq ft Wellton Park apartment located in Moscow, Russia, has been designed in 2018 by Ivan Kachalov.

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CONCEPT Architect Ivan Kachalov approached the design of an apartment for his own family as an experiment and turned a small space into an innovative design territory. Located in a residential complex Wellton Park apartment of 70 square meters. In addition to a successful location and high-quality architecture, it initially did not stand out: the complicated “L”-shaped plan, the supporting column in the center of the common space did not add either comfort or aesthetics to it. But the architect Ivan Kachalov used the entire arsenal of design and technological solutions, creating an exclusive interior that is not inferior in functionality and ergonomics to apartments with a much larger area

PLANNING A small apartment is equipped with all the necessary functions for a comfortable stay for a family with two children. On an area of ​​70 square meters. there is a common living room-kitchen, a bedroom with its own bathroom, a nursery for two daughters, a guest bathroom, a dressing room, a laundry room and a compact entrance hall. Ergonomics of space is calculated up to a centimeter, each detail in its place. The central room is a combined living room-kitchen, in order to visually expand the space, the architect faced one of the walls with large-format mirrors, and the door leading to the children’s block also made a mirror. “The supporting column separating the kitchen initially crushed the room,” says the author of the project. “Typically, designers highlight such designs with color, beat them like shelves and storage systems, but I decided to act on the contrary, and with the help of mirror panels I “dissolved” its space.” Between the living room and the bedrooms, he built a kind of wooden cube in which he placed wet areas, as well as storage systems. He installed the air conditioning equipment in a mirror wall, instead of radiators in the window sills he installed convectors, developed hidden niches for household appliances and household items. The result is an interior in which comfort, function and aesthetics are inextricably linked.

DECORATION The decorative interior solution further enhances the feeling that the apartment is much larger and more spacious than it actually is. Zones flow into each other, and the rooms seem to seek to break out of the outlined boundaries. This effect is achieved through the use of mirrors and the texture of American walnut, which pass from the hallway to the living room, and from there to the kitchen, and why the guest space is perceived as a single volume: spacious and comfortable. In support of American walnut wall panels, the architect uses a floorboard of different widths (from 15 to 40 cm) made of solid oak with noble gray hair.

Almost all rooms (except for the nursery) are executed in a single color palette with earthy, olive and brown shades. The respectable atmosphere is enhanced by designer furniture, including iconic designer items that are always in trend.

Photography courtesy of Ivan Kachalov

- by Matt Watts