Finding the right balance between what needs to be practical and what needs to be aesthetically pleasing or between elements enjoyed by kids and those that adults finds useful or beautiful is usually a challenge. When designing this 20 square meter house in Moscow, Russia, architectural studio Ruetemple had to deal with such a challenge.
The studio specializes in modern, user-friendly and innovative projects and the team used their knowledge and creativity to give this tiny home the charm it deserves. The 20 square meter space serves as a summer home for a family with three kids. The project was completed in 2016.
The main goal was to create a space where both kids and their parents can spend time together and enjoy every moment without disturbing each other. The solution found by the studio in this case is very ingenious and inspiring.
Because the interior space was limited from the start, the design approach had to focus on ways to maximize the usable space without sacrificing on comfort or functionality. As a result, the designers chose to place the bedroom at the mansard level.
The interior space is divided into three levels connected by a staircase. The interior design was optimized for offering enjoyable mornings as a family. The most interesting feature are the hammock floors which allow kids to have fun without disturbing the parents.
The interior design is fun and cozy but also very light and chic. A small playhouse was built for the kids, offering them this way their own private space where they can have fun and spend time alone without needing adult supervision.
Two main colors were used throughout. White serves as the base color, being complemented by wood accents throughout. This ensures a calm background, creating the feeling of lightness and transparency. At the same time, the color combination compensates for the lack of abundant natural light in certain particular areas of the house.
One of the design complications related to this project was the fact that the designers were unable to install a single large window and were forced instead to install many smaller ones. This may not reveal a panoramic view but in many ways represents a very good alternative by increasing the privacy and offering more freedom.
In addition, to compensate for the lack of floor space, the interior design was kept simple and flexible, featuring built-in furniture and multipurpose elements. Strategically placed mirrors further emphasize the spaciousness and overall airy and fresh décor.
A large bed/ sleeping area sits on a wooden platform connected to the staircase. The mattress is placed into the platform, creating a flat surface which can also be used for play. The TV is built into a niche inside the staircase.