AZ Flat in Minsk, Belarus - minimalist with functional box conception
AZ Flat in Minsk, Belarus designed by Artem Tiutiunnyk and Michas' Naruševič - The result - in this project they were striving to create an interesting, multifaceted and multifunctional space, to create a low-key, but at the same time expressive interior, filled with air and light.- This is a small apartment for one person. Modest dimensions (41m2) and a set of functional zones, led them to create a "box" concept and became the first task with which they started the design process.
Functional zoning - they decided to divide the space of the apartment into three main zones: the living room zone, the kitchen area - the dining room and the sleeping area. To create an isolated place for sleeping, but at the same time to preserve the free space of the apartment with its "air", they decided to integrate the sleeping unit directly into the centre of the room, without protecting it by stationary walls or partitions.
They have designed the "Box" like a furniture, which serves as an isolated sleeping module, as well as the main place for storage in the apartment. With the help of the box, they visually separated the entrance area from the general space, as well as the living room area from the dining room and kitchen. In the end, they got interpenetrating spaces that visually contact, but do not mix with each other. Thus, the "box" solved a number of functional and planning problems and became the visual accent of the entire apartment space.
Materials and contrasts - to further emphasize the new, "foreign" volume of the box, they decided to make the internal and external facades of the box in natural rough wood. The rest of the surfaces (floor, ceiling, walls, built-in furniture) was made as laconic, smooth and light. This dialogue between the white, light background and the accented volume of the "box", creates a contrast dialogue between colours, textures and volumes, allowing to enhance the emotional perception of the interior and its basic materials.
Permeability - in a small space the main resource is "air and volume" to achieve a sense of permeability and freedom, they cut the windows into a box and into the bathroom. These windows allowed us to distribute natural light into everything, even the darkest corners of the apartment. The windows allow illuminating the inner space of the box also the entrance area in the apartment.
They decided to follow the same principles for illumination in the bathroom. They cut through the portal between the kitchen and the bathroom, which allows to illuminate the bathroom with natural light and create an additional visual dialogue between these spaces. The window separating the kitchen and the bathroom is equipped with (smart glass) technology and allows, by pressing one button, to translate the transparent glass into a matte, opaque glass.
The result - in this project they were striving to create an interesting, multifaceted and multifunctional space, to create a low-key, but at the same time expressive interior, filled with air and light.