M17 adds faceted wooden wall to renovated Moscow Apartment


Traditional Japanese interiors and natural landscapes influenced the design of this apartment in Moscow, which was recently renovated by local studio M17 (+ slideshow).

Moscow Apartment by M17

The studio – made up of architects Katerina Vinogradova and Alexander Volkov – aimed to transform the apartment into an open-plan space that would suit the owner's interests and lifestyle.

Moscow Apartment by M17

They presented him with four concepts, the first being a 19-metre-long polygonal wall made of wood veneer panels that became the focal point of the final design.

Moscow Apartment by M17

"The owner is interested in Zen Buddhism and likes traditional Japanese architecture," Volkov told Dezeen. "These particular conditions have affected the concept of the flat, but the general architectural idea is to bring natural landscape into the interior and to keep the space open."

"When it came to the design, we had presented four concepts for the customer to approve – the first thing we created was the polygonal wall," he said.

Moscow Apartment by M17

The wall's faceted appearance is intended to depict rough stone mountains. It runs along the entire length of the apartment, concealing the main entrance, utility rooms, kitchen and wardrobe from view.

Moscow Apartment by M17

The middle section of the home functions as a large open space, accommodating a relaxation and dining area.

Moscow Apartment by M17

A small indoor garden separates the bedroom and bathroom from the communal area. Walls inside both of these spaces were covered in wooden planks inspired by traditional Japanese housing.

Moscow Apartment by M17

To the right of the garden, partition walls were replaced with opaque sliding panels that open up to reveal a tea ceremony room.

Moscow Apartment by M17

"The centre of the flat is far from the sunlight and it was difficult to plan the right purpose of this area," said Volkov. "We made up our minds and created an emotional point in the middle – this way a garden appeared."

Moscow Apartment by M17

"We tried to use fewer partitions" he added. "We were meaning to avoid any closeness and to make it more spacious and open without compromising functionality."

Moscow Apartment by M17

Existing concrete ceilings were kept intact throughout the apartment. Two materials were used to cover the floor: white self-levelling concrete in the public space and natural wooden flooring in the private zones.

Moscow Apartment by M17

Other interesting interiors in the Russian capital include an apartment with a low curved wax ceiling, and an artist's studio with combined areas for storage, seating and sleeping.

  • Natalia

    A bit dull but overall an interesting space. Very consistent.

  • SteveLeo

    I like how you can tuck the books in at night.

  • Edward

    Anybody know who that black lamp is by? Thanks!

    • Z-dog

      I typed in ‘bendy floor lamp’ and found the Octopussy lamp instead. You should definitely go with this.

    • Aaron

      Yes it is called Camp sold by Marset and designed by Jakob Timpe.

  • kevrob

    Wooden work always looks wonderful with nice interior design.

  • Maryv

    It really dose scream serene.