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The idea behind the project was to best kinds of floors design of the space that focuses on both light and shadow,” says Maxim Kashin, who founded his own firm of architects in 2013 to design the recent renovation that was completed of the townhouse in Moscow. He explained that the design needed to be functional for a young family of two. This was a challenge because of the L-shaped living and dining areas.
Maxim was initially attracted by the futuristic, white designs of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, so he employed sculptural, asymmetrical forms, such as two curved multilevel couches in the living room as well as an artistically angled kitchen island to break into pieces and counteract the original rectangular arrangement.
Maxim says that space’s curved walls act as dividers and shelves that are open, creating visually interesting accents of light and shadow. But what’s our top, standout, obsessed-with-it element? It’s the bold, huge-scale rendition of the Terrazzo tile was used to create the floors as well as the kitchen backsplash.
Maxim describes the “breccia technique from marble pieces” for backsplashes and floors. The material offers the aesthetic appeal and strength of natural terrazzo and hand-set flagstone pavers.
Although terrazzo usually uses tiny chips of marble, quartz, or other stone held together with a binder, Maxim instead decided to take a bold step: He used larger and more striking pieces of a light-colored marble with some gray and red veining inlaid in the gray grout or aggregate to create an evenly smooth surface. The abstract design it creates is reminiscent of landscapes, but with a contemporary design, says Maxim the design, and is the visual star in the otherwise neutral, minimalist room.
But the design-savvy decision was not without difficulty. Maxim says that the flooring was the most challenging part of the design, however, the floor is green in its use of existing materials and very durable, which is a must for a heavily used space for a busy family. To make the floor and the backsplash the marble pieces were laid out so that it was an appropriate distance from the adjacent pieces, and still considered the layout as well as the undulating curvatures of the sofas that are usually surrounded by a soft and cloth-covered space.
What is it that is so attractive about terrazzo? We love how the breccia design is visually stunning.