Smuga House by Zrobym Architects
Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses. But how do you design such a house without it looking like a sauna? Minsk-based Zrobym Architects shows us how in this beautiful contemporary timber house.
This small but perfectly formed dacha in the Minsk region feels airy and spacious despite its petit (68 square metres) size, thanks to the extensive windows and double-height living space. The predominant use of a single material (wood) throughout helps to enhance the sense of space, as does the adoption of a restrained colour palette with focus on monotone and neutral colours. The glossy white kitchen and table tops help to reflect the light and break up the monotony of wood, as does the clever wood panelling effect behind the bed and the living room sofa. The overall effect is uplifting and calming at the same time, a perfect retreat from the hectic city life.
Shop the Style
Slick shapes and neutral colours work fantastically with wood. Try the Egon sofa from Alki, the Gavotte armchair from Moustache and the Soho triangular coffee table from Coedition.
The natural wood veneer lights from LZF (such as the Agatha suspension light) are a great way to bring a sense nature inside. A sleek, minimal design such as the Kerflight suspension light from Graypants and the Skylight Tower suspension light from Frederik Roije would work well too.
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