The first issue in 2022 tells about minimalism in design and architecture. And it also opens the anniversary year: the Russian edition of AD turns 20 years old. Anastasia Romashkevich tells you what interesting things are waiting for you under the cover, which this time was the project of Ariana Ahmad.

The common area in the apartment of designer Ekaterina Grigorieva (Suite Home Interiors). The kitchen has already been here – according to the design of the authors of the house, the bureau “Tsimailo Lyashenko and partners”.Photo: Mikhail Loskutov

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1. On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary, we decided to look back in the past — we took the February issues for different years and arranged an evening of memories for ourselves. This pleasure is akin to looking at an album with old family photos. We are in a hurry to share it with you: starting in February and throughout the year, we open the magazine under the heading “Nostalgia”, in which we show what AD has been talking about this month in different years.

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2008. Elena Gonzalez’s report from the commune house on Gogol Boulevard is our contribution to the preservation of the architectural heritage of the Soviet period. 

2. The minimalist interior does not necessarily resemble a hospital ward. Minimalism is a multifaceted and interesting style. To make it easier for you to understand everything, we have made a material about architects, designers and artists who defined his face. And then we suggest moving from theory to practice, talking about what makes up the interior in the style of minimalism.

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The common area in the apartment of designer Ekaterina Grigorieva (Suite Home Interiors). The kitchen has already been here – according to the design of the authors of the house, the bureau “Tsimailo Lyashenko and partners”.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov

3. Modern laconic interiors are often also very technological. A number about minimalism — it’s time to figure out what a smart home is. We decided not to be shy — we collected the most “stupid” questions on this topic and sent them to experts. So from this issue you will find out whether the smart home system will be able to establish a relationship with your beloved dog or take you hostage.

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Illustration by Daria Krisel

4. The world’s best architects are already working hard in Moscow – while we were preparing this issue, it became known that the SANAA bureau, to which we devoted a lot of material in the February issue, will be engaged in the reconstruction of the new building for the Garage Museum. But not all Russian projects of international architecture stars are easily accessible to the general public. For example, the golf club in Skolkovo, the building for which Tadao Ando built, has been in existence for ten years, but, apart from the members of the club and their guests, no one has really seen it. For the first time we publish a full report from the golf club, where another architectural landmark has recently appeared — the golf Academy, designed by the French studio Ko.

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From the entrance, the clubhouse designed by Shigeru Bana looks quite impregnable. 

Photo: Alexander Volodin

5. Winter turned out to be snowy this year — a great opportunity to observe minimalism in the wild. Snow hides the shapes and hides the colors, leaving no chance for excesses. We have found a project for the February issue that perfectly illustrates this — the Baroque villa Buonaccorsi. It is located in a part of Italy where snow is not uncommon. And it looks really fabulous – especially when ripe fruits on lemon trees are visible among the buildings and sculptures wrapped in snow.

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Behind the arch you can see the gate that leads to the garden. There are a lot of plants in the estate that are at least two hundred years old. Of course, the gardeners who take care of the garden these days are doing everything to preserve them.

Photo: Alessandra Ianniello/Living inside

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