Organization of space

What to do with a narrow room: an example and advice from the architect Nadezhda Kapper

If you have a narrow room and don't know howto arrange everything you need in it, read this article. In it, the architect Nadezhda Kapper shows by a real example that, if desired, even in such a room, almost all Narrow rooms can be placed - the scourge of many apartments of the Soviet era. Even if their area is decent, there are still problems with the placement. We turned to the architect Nadezhda Kapper with a request to give her recommendations on the layout of a narrow room. Nadezhda Kapper, architect Graduated from the St. Petersburg College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. From 2002 to 2007 she worked at LENNIIPROEKT. In 2007 she moved to Moscow, worked at Intars bureau, Lyzlov Architectural Workshop, Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration. Now he is engaged in private practice. “Modern architects have an unwritten rule when developing planning: it is undesirable for the length of the room to exceed the width by more than 2 times,” says Nadezhda Kapper. - But there are apartments in which this rule is violated. For example, in the former communal apartments you can often come across "rooms-cars" - long and narrow. What to do if fate brought you to such a complex room in proportions? You can group furniture so thatthe axes of symmetry of these groups were perpendicular to the long side of the room. Thanks to this, we get mental "2 squares" from one elongated space. You can highlight with partitions, for example, a dressing room, cutting off the excess length from the room. You can expand the space by placing mirrors or wallpaper along the long wall. You can zone the room with shelves, curtains or lamps, or you can divide it with textures of floor and wall coverings. In general, the more complex the problem, the more interesting the result of solving it can be. My friend wanted to combine 2 narrow, long and kbesides, there are also high rooms. At the same time, it was necessary to get a full-fledged sleeping place and leave a fairly spacious living room. The height of the room made it possible to search for a planning solution not in 2, but in 3 dimensions. We decided to use a loft bed, freeing up as much space as possible for guests downstairs. Moreover, both the bed and the sofas are located along the same wall, so that the TV is clearly visible from any level. There is a cozy chill-out under the bed. The symmetrical composition of the TV area accentuates the visual axis perpendicular to the long wall of the room, which also expands the space. The parquet board is usually placed with its ends towards the window so as not to emphasize the pattern of the seams, but in this case the windows face the north side, so there is no need to fear the shadows from the joints. In this case, I would recommend placing the parquet pattern across the room as well. "

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