Boris Uborevich-Borovsky designed a Moscow penthouse for the hereditary artist Anna Sokolova.

Canteen. Dining table and chairs, Poliform. Vases, Anna Jukova Ceramics; painting by Jean Signover “Composition”, Alina Pinsky Gallery; vases by the window, Forest is calling.Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

The owner of this apartment is the artist Anna Sokolova, the granddaughter of the famous cartoonist and painter, one of the founders of the creative collective Kukryniksy. Anna chose the house in the center of Moscow for a reason. “My family lived and still lives on Kropotkinskaya, this area is very close and familiar to me. My husband and I had our first apartment on Gogol Boulevard, and when the family began to increase, we began to look for another one in this area,” says Anna. — The studio apartment in the house on Bolshoy Znamensky Lane, built by architect Alexander Felicianovich Meisner in 1908, fascinated us, despite the fact that it was in a ruined state. Twenty years ago, repairs were started in it, a huge amount of concrete was poured and, without finishing, abandoned. 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

The hall is on the first floor. Armchair, Flexform; floor lamp, Foscarini; coffee table made of concrete, Baxter; vase, Ulm Gallery.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

During this period, the apartment turned almost into a greenhouse: trees grew outside and inside, the wind passed through the windows and destroyed the old walls. To fix all this seemed an impossible task. But, in love with the huge windows, the atmosphere of the house and the stunning view, my husband and I ventured on this adventure. As a hereditary artist, I supported the decision, especially since this room was originally built as an art workshop for Meisner’s niece”” 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

The living room is on the second floor. Armchairs and carpet, Minotti; marble coffee table, Flexform; metal coffee table, MDF Italia; fireplace, Piazzetta; parquet board, Austriawood & Co. Niklas Anderberg’s painting “Composition”, Alina Pinsky Gallery; sculpture by Polina Kamardina; vase by Louise Roe, The Dar Store; decorative pillow, AtelierTati; artificial tree and planters, Treez Collection.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

The living room is on the second floor. Marble coffee table, Flexform; metal coffee table, MDF Italia; parquet board, Austriawood & Co. Niklas Anderberg’s painting “Composition”, Alina Pinsky Gallery; sculpture by Polina Kamardina; vase by Louise Roe, The Dar Store; decorative pillow, AtelierTati; artificial tree and planters, Treez Collection.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Anna understood that only an architect could work on such a complex space, so she chose Boris Uborevich-Borovsky and wrote to him on Facebook. Boris is a well-known supporter of minimalism, and he rarely undertakes private projects, but he did not miss the opportunity to work in a historic building. “The team and I, of course, love modern clean spaces, but we are well aware that minimalism in its purest form will be inappropriate in an old house at the beginning of the last century,” explains Uborevich-Borovsky. — And of course, we know how to work with old buildings – with an eye to history and the past”” 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Armchair and carpet, Minotti; coffee table, Fritz Hansen; floor lamp, Baxter.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Kitchen. Set, Giulia Novars; bar stools, Poliform.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Canteen. Dining table and chairs, Poliform. Vases, Anna Jukova Ceramics; Jean Signover’s painting “Composition”, Alina Pinsky Gallery; vases by the window, Forest is calling.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

For Anna, this is not just housing, but a creative space where she can arrange evenings with friends – directors, artists, architects. Boris and his colleagues Daria Turanskaya and Maria Zimina were faced with the task of making a logical, understandable and comfortable interior where they could both receive guests and spend time with their family. On the ground floor there is a front hall and children’s rooms, then a historic staircase leads to a living room with a stove and huge windows and to a spacious kitchen with a large table where guests will gather. Even higher is the intermediate floor with the master bathroom, and the top level is the master bedroom with access to the terrace, which offers fantastic views of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Pushkin Museum and the entire historical center. 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Stairs, “CM Square”. Marina Akilova’s vases; gallery, Lili & Vava; vase, Ulm Gallery. Sculpture of Lyubov Belaya; pedestal, Ferm Living, GK Concept.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Childish. Armchair, Flexform; coffee table, Fritz Hansen; the work of Anna Sokolova What your eyes see.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Bathroom on the ground floor. Vials, Reflections Copenhagen, The Dar Store.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

An interesting story is connected with the staircase: inside the apartment it is the same as in the entrance, it was carefully restored, returning its original appearance, and in those places where there were no stairs initially, the architects decided to make a modern, but consonant with the historical one. 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Entrance to the main bathroom. On the floor there is porcelain tile, Zodiac.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Bathroom. Porcelain stoneware, Zodiac. 

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

”Now that the renovation has been completed, I miss our joint project with Boris a little — it was difficult, but incredibly interesting,” says Anna. 

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Bedroom. Bedside tables, Poltrona Frau; carpet, Moroso; bed linen, AtelierTati; relief by Igor Shelkovsky, Alina Pinsky Gallery; lamp, &Tradition, GK Concept.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Terrace. Sofa, carpet and grey table, B&B Italia; armchairs, Kettal; coffee table, Porada. Polina Kamardina’s vase; mugs, Gypsy Gypsum and RES Objects, The Dar Store.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

Пентхаус в центре Москвы по проекту Бориса Уборевича-Боровского

Terrace. Sofa, carpet and grey table, B&B Italia; armchairs, Kettal; coffee table, Porada.

Photo: Mikhail Loskutov; style: We May

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