The principal two thoughts when you think about small spaces are “feeling cramped” because you feel you need air/space and the handicap of having “little storage”. However, the Russian firm INT2ARCHITECTURE knew how to convert weaknesses of this 45m2 apartment in Moscow into strength. How did they get that?
Probably the first thing you think when you have to deal with such a small apartment is about painting it all on white, keep it very flat and with as few things as possible, so you can feel a bigger space, but not always that is the solution. In this project the Russian architects have got a perfect balance between white and colours by using soft colours with bright accents that makes every individual part special and gives us a young and optimistic sensation.
On the other hand, the storage problem has been solved making interior partitions thicker and converted into cupboards. Also, the bed in the bedroom is on the raised podium, to get extra storage space and separate it visually from the living room. On the balcony seats are made from repainted army boxes, which can also be used for storage.
Using curtains is a very light way for separating spaces.
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