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Marquise - ironic classics

A light and soft interior where Provasi furniture with its exaggerated eccentric forms and lush décor takes center stage.

Our clients bought a land plot with an existing house in a prestigious and conveniently located village in the suburbs of Moscow. The house was a brick-faced wooden structure, which had already undergone a few reconstructions, so the opportunities for changing the layout were quite limited. The clients asked us to undertake a major reconstruction of the house, since they needed a higher level of functional comfort, finishes quality and design.

Initially we started the reconstruction on the basis of a project that another design bureau had developed. Due to certain inherent flaws in the layout solutions which became evident to the clients at the shell and core fit-out stage, the clients decided to change the project and asked us to make the amendments. As a result, we had to change the project for more than 40% of the house’s area.

We developed the technical drawings for construction, developed the engineering solutions, performed full renovation of the house and partially expanded it. All three stories of the house were refurbished based on the requirements of the family. We developed the interior design project taking into account the materials and items that had already been purchased (tiles, wooden floors, kitchen furniture, bathroom fixtures). The difficulty of the project was to work around the limitations of the house’s architecture and make the most of the pre-purchased materials and items.

Architecturally the house is a combination of several blocks of different height. The core part is the three story structure where the main rooms are located. A two story block flanks the main one and accommodates the spa area on the first floor. Also, there are several one story blocks attached to the main block (fireplace lounge, sunroom, technical rooms).

The total area of the house after the reconstruction is 617 sq.m, and the internal area is 580 sq.m.

The staircase connects the four stories of the main part of the house, including the basement, as well as the spa and the rooms above it.

The main living room (54 sq.m) is located on the first floor, and is flanked by a sunroom with an exit to the garden. Also, the first floor accommodates an isolated kitchen / dining room, a guest bathroom, a walk-in closet and a laundry room.

From the hall of the first floor the staircase leads down to the spa area and the fireplace lounge. The spa area includes a small swimming pool, a sauna, a hammam and a lounge. The total area of the spa zone is 68 sq.m. A hall connects it to the fireplace lounge (30 sq.m) which has panoramic windows and an exit to the garden. On this level there is also a boiler room.

The basement accommodates auxiliary and technical rooms.

The master bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet (total area – 52 sq.m) is located on the second floor. Nearby is a kid’s bedroom (44 sq.m), also with an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet, a study, a guest bedroom and a guest bathroom. The second floor hall has an exit onto a terrace (30 sq.m), placed on the same level (above the fireplace lounge).

The attic was designed as an isolated space, an “apartment” for the elder child who is a student. It combines a living room, a bedroom, a walk-in closet and a bathroom (the total area is 92 sq.m). Also, on the same floor there is a TV room (38 sq.m).

Since our clients decided to keep the old roof of the house, we had to come up with a design solution for the facades, in order to visually connect all architectural blocks of the house and compensate for the architectural flaws of the house. We suggested full façade facing with black clinker tiles and the clients trusted us to go ahead with this somewhat eccentric solution.

We used the furniture items by Provasi (left by the previous owners of the house) in the new interior design. The clients initially wanted to throw them away, but considering the significant cost of this furniture and the fact that its style matched the style of the house, we suggested to restore it. Eventually, the newly upholstered furniture took the appropriate place in the new interior (in particular, in the living room).

For this project we carried out all the works, including construction, shell and core fit-out, finishing works, utility systems planning and installation, landscape design and construction.

Development of the new reconstruction project took 1,5 months. We had to work on the project at the same time with the construction works, which had already been started. All further works were completed within the 13 following months.

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