Architect Daria Belyakova from the Arch(e)type bureau has realized Natalia Kiknadze’s dream of an ideal yoga studio.

A room for classes. Pedestal, Savour Gallery; sculpture by Lev Efimov. Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Natalia Kiknadze, co-founder of Up2Yoga Studio, has been practicing yoga for ten years. At the beginning of her journey, she met a teacher Anna Shchetinina, with whom she became very friendly, and together they decided to open their own studio. “We realized that with all the diversity, there is no space that, in addition to functionality, would bring aesthetic pleasure, and decided to make it ourselves,” says Natalia. — We have been looking for a room for a long time, and we came across a former office in an old apartment building. There were luxurious atlanteans on the balcony and a lot of stucco, which we have been carefully restoring for a long time”” Natalia Kiknadze really wanted the studio space to have a European atmosphere, without the slightest hint of India. 

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

The hall of individual classes. Elizaveta Gubanova’s vases from the showroom 4ceramics and Sand Vintage are in the rack; Masha Reva’s drawing from the series “Simple movements”” 

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

She invited the architectural firm Arch(e)type to work on the project. The founder and chief architect of the bureau, Daria Belyakova, together with the team, plunged into the study of archives – they found historical photographs of the house in order to carefully study the context. The idea of the project was to preserve and emphasize the spirit and aesthetics of the pre-revolutionary house with the help of new architectural solutions and thereby create a contract between the new and the historical, but at the same time make it clear that the idea of cultural heritage dominates the project. 

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

The hall of individual classes. On the table, Archipélago, Tatiana Didkovskaya’s vase, Manner & Matter; Masha Reva’s drawing from the series “Simple movements”” 

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Common area (sofa view). On the coffee table, Archipélago, decor “Irreversible changes” by Tatiana Didkovskaya, Manner & Matter; sculpture from the Savour gallery; pillows, AtelierTati and Nomad Chic; sofa made to order according to sketches by Daria Belyakova; painting from the series ”Women are Weapons” by Alexander Povzner.

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Common area (sofa view). Pillows, AtelierTati and Nomad Chic; Alan Waub’s teapot on a black table, Manner & Matter; the sofa is made to order according to Daria Belyakova’s sketches.

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

The new windows were made exactly according to the drawings of the historical windows of the house. Handles for windows were found by Natalia Kiknadze — she was walking around the Saint-Ouen market in Paris and came across a beautiful metal handle, however, she was only one, but Natalia bought it and already at a factory near Moscow they were cast the right amount.

The main value of this space is stucco, there is a lot of it here and it is different, besides, for more than a century of history, the layout of the apartment has changed more than once, and with it partially stucco. Arch(e)type very carefully approached the space and heritage in the pre-revolutionary house, so the walls of some rooms here do not reach the ceiling. For example, in one of the common halls, internal rooms were completed, where there is a laundry room and a room for storing inventory, and this was done in order to preserve the historical stucco cornices.

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Common area. Mirror, Umbra, Designboom; on the fireplace portal jug, Sand Vintage; on the shelf decor, Manner & Matter and Sand Vintage.

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Since this is a former apartment, and more space is required for a yoga studio than for a living space, the architects added glass stained glass windows to allow natural light to penetrate everywhere. The interior uses natural materials – light wood, lime plaster, travertine and accent brass. The architects have carefully worked out the space, not ignoring even the window slopes, they have an unusual detail – a rounded chamfer, so often done in pre-revolutionary houses, and, thanks to this, the rooms look finished and very elegant.  

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

A fragment of the common area.

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

The Up2Yoga studio has two halls for group training, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, a kitchen and an office for staff and managers, technical storage rooms, two bathrooms, a common lounge for relaxation and the pearl of the studio – a room for personal training in the rotunda. “I love this hall, there is so much light in it. When it gets warmer, I plan to put a table and chairs on the balcony to sit there after yoga and look at the Garden Ring,” says Natalia Kiknadze.

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

A room for classes. 

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

In the interior, a red thread runs through the shape of a circle, referring to the sun, or literally to the ideal geometry – a round rotunda, door handles in the shape of a circle and disc lamps, which are made of brass and add warmth and comfort to the space. One of the most important tasks for the Arch(e)type team was to create the right atmosphere for studio guests to feel comfortable everywhere: both in class and in the locker room. There are always difficulties with the latter, so Daria and the team developed a locker system themselves, put mirrors with circular illumination to make the reflection pleasing, and put the hair dryers in the drawers. Such nuances are extremely important, because it is thanks to detailed study that the right impression is created, and you want to return to such a space again and again.

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

On the wall is the work of Masha Reva from the series “Simple movements””

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

Студия йоги Up2Yoga с искусством и винтажной мебелью в Москве

Photo: Ivan Erofeev; style: We May

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