Multifunctional Home With A Central Zen Garden And A Living Tree

A lot of modern homes focus on flexibility and modularity. We’ve started to enjoy having multifunctional interior designs which allow us to make the most of small spaces and this is reflected in a variety of different design approaches and solutions. This house is just one of the many examples which can be used to illustrate this idea. This cozy home is located in Moscow, Russia and was designed by Ruetemple.

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The interior space has a limited floor plan with little space to spare
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The designers chose to divide the various functions without using traditional methods
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Instead of organizing the spaces using walls and dividers, the designers opted for a central box-like volume

Ruetemple specializes in offering cutom solutions for unique challenges and always finding a way to deal with each client’s needs and preferences. Their projects are modern and with a preference towards minimalism. Here they designed the interior of a 48 square meter home. Given how small the floor plan wan, the designers had to be creative if they were to offer the client all the desired features.

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The white box stands at the core of the home where the ceiling is highest
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Inside this box there’s a living tree surrounded by pebbles
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This turns the interior of the cube into a relaxing zen garden inside the house

The project was completed in 2016 and its most defining feature is a white cube which stands at the center of the house, where the ceiling is the highest. The cube divides the open floor plan into a series of zones, more exactly into five different sections. Each can serve a specific function but these roles aren’t definitive as the overall design is a very flexible and modular one.

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The white cube sits on a series of removable modules which can be used in a variety of ways
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The tree gets natural light through a skylight in the ceiling above it
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The modules under the cube can be pulled out and used as chairs, ottomans or beds

A really interesting detail is the fact that the central cube has a series of modules under it. These modules can be pulled out and used as seats. They can combined and organized in lots of different configurations depending on the user’s immediate needs. As a result, several can be used to form a comfortable lounge area or a bed whenever needed. The modules can then be tucked away under the cube to save space and make room for something else.

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The modules can be combined and configured in a lot of different ways, depending on the needs of the users
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The modules feature comfortable cushions and upholstered tops
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The larger ones can be put together to make a sofa while the rest can be extra armchairs
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Several can be put together to make a comfortable sectional or a bed, depending on the occasion

This type of flexibility is greately appreciated in this case considering how small the floor plan is. The central cube basically divides the space into a lounge area, a TV zone, a dressing space and a private relaxation area. There’s also the space inside the cube which contains a living tree illuminated through a skylight.

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When not needed, the modules fit perfectly underneath the white garden cube
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This type of modularity allows the home to remain very simple and clear of unnecessary features
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The interior of the central cube can be considered a sort of private meditation and relaxation area
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The cube is the element the visually separates the open floor plan into various different zones

There’s also a storage unit placed along one of the walls as well as a long counter which doubles as a window sill and a bar. There’s enough room under it to store all the bar stools.

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On the sides of the cube there are windows and skylights that make the space really bright and open
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One section of the floor plan can serve as an occasional entertainment area with pull-out seats
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The fact that the furniture can be tucked away under the cube makes this a multifunctional space
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Simplicity is the key characteristic of this intriguing modern home