location: Kharkov, Ukraine
program: 41 sq.m.
architect: Dmitry Zhuikov
This studio apartment located in a newly-built house in the downtown of Kharkov initially had a good layout
(with an almost square floor-plan). However, it was divided by some partition walls into four small and inconvenient
rooms, namely, a hall, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room. The interior design project suggests the following
solutions: removal of all the partition walls and creating a clear common space with a kitchenette and a hall area.
The bathroom is the only room which remains separated from the rest of the apartment. All the furniture consists
of two large blocs - a kitchen set, and an island made up by a double-sided cabinet, where one side opens into
the hallway and is used for keeping outdoor clothes, shoes and small items, and the other side opens into the
living space and is used for keeping other clothes, books, etc.
The cabinet separates and unites both spaces – the hall and the room – at the same time. All the walls are painted
white, the floor made of the Carpathian spruce. The partition wall between the kitchen and the bathroom has a
round window with satin glass, which provides comfortable lighting. In general, the interior is bright, cozy and comfortable for living.