Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Arbor in Moscow, Russia by Kerimov + Prishin Architects
November 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
The arbor is designed to accommodate a family of 15 persons.
The arbor’ floor has 3 distinct zones which the architects call “kitchen-furnace”, “dining room-drawing room” and “terrace-scene”.
“Kitchen-furnace” is a uniform block consisting of a table-top under which you can possible store boxes and cases, and have a furnace with two niches. The first for a brazier, the second for a samovar. The Architects have essentially decided to include process of preparation of tea in the interior of the arbor. For this purpose they have provided an additional niche and a separate flue. All this block is executed in cold on color and slightly rude concrete under the invoice and it is sort of a “shell” for warm on color of kitchen, a basket with cones and for hot processes such as preparation of meat or a water boiling.
“Dining room-drawing room” is a long console table behind which all family now can gather. Structurally the table is the metal skeleton sheathed by a tree and fixed at the basis to a pedestal which, in turn, is continuation of a concrete plate of the base. Besides a table at the left and on the right there are open regiments for storage of every possible utensils. Thus the table is not a decorative element which can be transferred, changed, cleaned, and architectural, that is it is an object integral part, its main element, its “heart”, his soul.
“Terrace-scene” is multipurpose space — in hot weather it is possible to sunbathe, drink tea, having collapsed on cozy padded stools, and in the evenings, it is possible to expose chairs in a garden, to open doors completely, to move apart a curtain and to look at a performance prepared by children.
To add an aura of summer theater, space is created for the theater characters so that they have proper space. When chairs are taken out in a garden, apertures are closed by curtains from floor to ceiling, the arbor turns to theatrical side scenes where actors can change clothes. When curtains of the central aperture are moved apart in both parties, like a curtain, actors can step on the stage, and start a performance.
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