Loft Bauman is an industrial apartment located in Moscow, Russia, redesigned in 2021 by Nefa Architects.


This project by Nefa Architects is located in a historical building of a tea sorting facility, freshly repurposed as a residential cluster. The building was designed in the early 20th century (before1917) and is an excellent example of red brick industrial architecture of that era.

For us this job was particularly appealing because of the necessity to fit all the essentials of an apartment in such a compact cubicle space.

The solution was to introduce levels, using ceilings height (4,3m); Entrance, sofa & kitchen area are located on the bottom level; Second level is raised to the height of the windowsill, and used for the bedroom compartment; Third level is bathroom and wardrobe.

Colour scheme of the project is white with accents of blue and black graphical details, such as the bedroom partition frame, stair railings, light and electrical accessories.

Main design accent is the sliding bedroom partition, where we used textured glass with a linear pattern, combined in a multi-direction scheme to create an optical effect that reveals when the sliding part is in motion.

Overall the studio looks minimalistic and nevertheless has all the functions of the “individual living cell”, with enough storage space, kitchen equipped with all the appliances, and full size bathroom. Custom made bardining table is movable and can be adjusted in the space as desired. Also there is a folding screen for watching movies.

Photography by Ilya Ivanov

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