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An apartment in Astana with a light Asian flair by Kvadrat Architects

Project name:
An apartment in Astana with a light Asian flair
Architecture firm:
Kvadrat Architects
Astana, Kazakhstan
Gleb Kramchaninov
Principal architect:
Rustam Minnekhanov, Sergey Bekmukhanbetov
Design team:
Rustam Minnekhanov, Sergey Bekmukhanbetov
OMOIKIRI, Villeroy&Boch (sinks, faucets) A.L.F. GROUP (furniture), Goryachev (wood panelling). Masters of image style: Rustam Minnekhanov, Sergey Bekmukhanbetov. Text: Ekaterina Parichyk
Built area:
130 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Rustam Minnekhanov, Sergey Bekmukhanbetov
Environmental & MEP engineering:
Civil engineer:
Kvadrat Architects
Structural engineer:
Kvadrat Architects
Kvadrat Architects
Wood, stone
Kvadrat Architects
Kvadrat Architects
Kvadrat Architects
Tools used:
Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD
Residential › Apartment

Kvadrat Architects: An apartment in the residential complex Highvill Ishim near to the Presidential Park and the Palace of Peace and Accord. 130 sq. meters of space, aesthetics, light for a family of four. The design is built on the principles of Asian minimalism and feels like an open space even with low ceilings. Clients lived in this apartment for two years, and then turned to the design studio on the recommendation. They lacked a sense of air: low ceilings of 2.8 square meters. and a modest dressing room completed the picture. The interior design, although laconic, does not look boring. Layering and volume achieved through forms and materials. The cube-shaped central element reads from the living, dining and kitchen areas.

Significant in size, but not in feel: the wood finish is responsible for the laconic form and warm texture. “The main color is white, accompanied by warm woody tones. The upholstery of upholstered furniture in terms of scale and texture is close to curtains, this creates an enveloping atmosphere in the interior. The decor elements are a niche in the wall of the living room and a separate section in the furniture structure in the dining area. They are finished with terrazzo-textured porcelain stoneware,” – says Rustam Minnekhanov and Sergey Bekmukhanbetov, heads of the Kvadrat architects design studio. To increase the space, the owner’s bedroom was also redecorated. The changes affected the dressing room and storage systems. All client’s belongings are now completely placed in a 6-meter walk-in closet and hidden wardrobes located directly in the bedroom. Rethinking the space allowed to increase the area of the bathroom – there is a large closet for storing bathroom accessories. Airiness and tranquility fill the visual pattern, and the ethereal notes of Asia give the space not only peace, but also energy.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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