Soviet homage in Minsk

In the Belarusian city of Minsk, the local design studio Studio11 has designed the offices for Vizor Interactive, a game development company, as a Soviet homage.

It was planned as a homage to the Soviet era building that it occupies, while at the same time creating and providing the company with a modern and usable office that met their constantly evolving needs.

 

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This soviet homage project’s main characteristic is a clear and sparse functionality that defined the century of this space’s construction.

To follow with the severe and strong aesthetics that were used back then, is translated into highlighted pipes and structural beams.

On this stripped back proposal, the floors are made of white marble that has been sliced geometrically. This pattern becomes a carpet spreads from room to room and adds character to the space.

 

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The walls are covered with a whitewashed stucco, where the bricks are un-perfectly covered and brushstrokes can be seen. This does not make the space look left aside though but manages to achieve an equilibrium, a pleasing used space. The simple and functional furnishings follow the same path, most of them designed by Studio11.

 

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Another strong element is found in the minimal bathrooms, which feature original elements from the building’s construction during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

All in all, if it wasn’t for the modern computer screens on the desks and fancy coffee maker in the kitchen, one would think that we still are under the Soviet regime.

 

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Photographies by Dmitry Tsyrencshikov.

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