Two-Story Penthouse with a Japanese Interior
The two-level penthouse, located in the quiet center of Moscow, has a truly unconventional layout. Along the 35-meter-long façade there are 13 huge panoramic windows, transitioning from the wall to the sloping ceiling, which reaches 5.5 meters in its highest point. Such conditions always pose a challenge to an architect: an apartment can be a dream house with a wonderful atmosphere, or it can turn out to be an uncomfortable and cold palace-like hall.
The clients saw this apartment as a universal space where they were going to live, work and have family gatherings and house parties, but with a Japanese accent in the interior. For instance, the pattern of the railing of the corridor on the second floor repeats the sea wave, the bedroom floor is lined with tatami, and most of the doors are sliding partitions, reminiscent of shoji in Japanese homes. The walls of the living room are finished with decorative plaster in the traditional hanchiku technique, imitating layers of the soil.
A few bright colors, a variety of textures, skillful use of light and a rational approach to the space let us to create a place where you can work productively and pleasantly relax after it.