Most Moscow apartments that we have seen till date seem to embrace a certain posh, modern minimalist style that feels both sophisticated and purely contemporary. Yet, this gorgeous little apartment inside a building built originally in 1914 moves away from this more popular regional trend and embraces its traditional bones gleefully. The 85-square meter apartment sits on the second level of the building and had an interior that was largely dilapidated and a ceiling that was on the point of collapse. Dubbed Kalanchevskaya Apartment, Buro5 turned these challenges into an opportunity to expose the original ceiling of the apartment, the lovely wooden beams hidden underneath the old false ceiling and the many brick walls all around.

Gorgeous painted brick backdrop and ceiling beams welcome you inside this revamped Moscow apartment

In its new avatar the apartment has a certain modern Scandinavian style about it with simplicity, a whole lot of white and plenty of natural ventilation shaping the ambiance in every room. The open plan living area contains the dining space along with a library wall with the small, L-shaped kitchen being neatly tucked away behind. This makes for an organized interior where one room flows into the next, even as they are all connected visually. It is the bedroom and the bathroom that feel detached from this main living area and the mezzanine levels above them have been turned into a pantry and useful attic space.

It is the large library that brings warmth of wood to the living space
Large pendant light in white along with a window illuminate the white bedroom with brick wall
Open living area, dining and kitchen of the apartment with a library that extends into mezzanine level
Sconce lights used throughout the apartment blend into the white backdrop seamlessly
Skylight brings natural ventilation into the white and wood bathroom inside the small apartment
Small L-shaped kitchen in white with wooden countertops and space above for pantry
Space above the bedroom is utilized as a mezzanine pantry

It is undoubtedly the presence of the whitewashed brick walls in every room that ushers in eye-catching textural beauty inside this smart apartment with wooden décor, accents and the lovely fireplace providing even more contrast. Functional and equally aesthetic, this apartment makeover offers plenty of ideas for those who love white, brick walls and modern Scandinavian style. [Photography: Mikhail Loskutov]

Space-savvy small bedroom design idea with a whitewashed brick wall backdrop
View from the living area of the living space, dining and the bedroom
Bedroom of the Moscow apartment in white has a serene Scandinavian style about it
Comfy couch in the living room next to the fireplace offers a cozy relaxation space
Entrance to the revamped Moscow apartment built in 1914
Existing fireplace and nook in the corner have been added to the overall design of the living space
Exposed ceiling beams and the new high ceiling add to the sense of timeless elegance inside the apartment

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