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A luminous 108 m2 Moscow apartment with a fireplace and a sauna by Alexander Tischler

Project name:
A luminous 108 m2 Moscow apartment with a fireplace and a sauna
Architecture firm:
Alexander Tischler
Moscow, Russia
Evgenii Kulibaba
Principal architect:
Karen Karapetian
Design team:
Karen Karapetian | Chief Designer. Iuliia Tsapko | Designer. Oleg Mokrushnikov | Engineer. Кonstantin Prokhorov | Engineer. Ekaterina Baibakova | Head of Purchasing. Pavel Prokhorov | Head of Finishing. Alexey Stepanov | Installation Manager. Evgenii Kulibaba | Photographer. Kira Prokhorova | Stylist. Vera Minchenkova | Copywriting
Built area:
108 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Alexander Tischler
Environmental & MEP engineering:
Alexander Tischler
Civil engineer:
Alexander Tischler
Structural engineer:
Alexander Tischler
Alexander Tischler
Alexander Tischler
Alexander Tischler
Tools used:
ArchiCAD, SketchUp
Residential › Apartment

Alexander Tischler: We designed and delivered this fancy interior for a successful businesswoman. We had done a similar project for her before, but we added more details and accents this time. Our team combined two rooms on the right side of the apartment into one large bedroom with a bathroom and a workspace by the window. We made a design project and completed the interior. We prepared the estimate and fixed the price for the completion in the stage of designing; therefore the price hadn’t changed during the repair process. We designed the cabinet furniture specially for this apartment.

The interior is mostly white, but it is personalized with some exquisite details. Our most interesting interior asset is the brass inserts between the Atlas Concorde porcelain stoneware tiles. We cut the tiles purposely to make the floor pattern have a more fragmented look.The fragmentary nature of the interior is echoed by the "random" layout of cabinet fronts, wall panels as well as mirrors. The client also wanted her furniture to look glossy, so we covered these surfaces with refined glass.

The large living room is divided into several functional areas: a kitchen set with a dining table, a workplace by the window, a sofa near the electric fireplace. The corner kitchen set is white with glass fronts. The upper modules are a little bit more decorative: the accent lighting makes the silhouettes of dishes and glasses visible through the frosted bronze glass. The style of these modules is also supported by the hob with a built-in hood. We also hung an intricate gold-finish Brand van Egmond chandelier above the dining table with a marble countertop. Underneath the natural quartz countertop, there are lights providing an additional interior accent. We hung a Brand van Egmond shaped chandelier in a gold finish above the dining table with a marble top. We placed the hanging desk near the window, from where one can see the actively developing Moscow.

The TV is equipped with a pan-and-tilt mounting bracket, so one can watch it from behind a table or from a sofa. The cabinet on which the TV is hung raises the ceilings visually, as it hides a horizontal beam "cutting" the windows. We finished the wall around the electric fireplace with natural onyx. We also made slabs from floor to ceiling to hide the pylon and beam. The vertical lines of the cabinet and onyx make the windows visually taller. Some parts of the stone pattern are translucent, so we installed matrix lighting to create an impressive interior element. The vertical onyx pattern aligns with the flames of the fireplace. The fireplace runs on water: it heats it up and illuminates the steam, which imitates the flames. This way there is no foreign smell in the room and the air is additionally humidified.

We chose a transforming sofa in light leather finish. Its back and armrests can be regulated at different angles, and one can make another ottoman from the left module just with one movement. We designed a concealed supply-exhaust ventilation and air conditioning system. It is only the narrow grilles that are noticeable in the apartment. Lighting has also been added in the niches under the ceiling, so it's a great option for cozy evenings. We installed glossy hidden doors in this interior, but we chose a bronze color for the ends of the door panels and the frames finish. This is how the doors delicately dilute the white walls.

Since this is a high-floor apartment with the bedroom windows facing west, we wanted this area to be filled with sunset rays. For the bedroom, we designed and made three mirrored closets and a shelving unit. The cabinet next to the bed has fronts of bronze mirror echoing the bed's upholstering. Behind the headboard of the bed there are soft wall panels trimmed with the bouclé fabric. These panels are fragmented with the same brass inserts as on the floor.

Above the bed, we hang as same Brand van Egmond chandelier as in the living room; and we chose brass finish for the lamps and sockets. Instead of bedside tables, we placed Glass Italia glass tables. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a transparent partition wall with a bronze frame. The backlit onyx panel that covers the entire bathroom wall is also visible from the bedroom. We made a white artificial stone countertop and built a sink into it. On the left, there is a ceiling-high cabinet hiding a sewer pipe. The space between the countertop and the bathtub is decorated with a mirror to make this narrow niche "disappear".

One of the supporting pylons is hidden by a mirrored cabinet by the desk and a shelving unit with a mirrored wall. The hanging desk has several drawers. The TV is placed on a remote-control mounting bracket. It is lowered from the ceiling hatch and can be turned towards the bed or the sofa. Opposite the apartment entrance, there is the spa area with a shower, a whirlpool tub and a sauna. There is also a cabinet for the washer and dryer with an extractor hood built into it.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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