bureau cxema uses colors to create a storyline in its moscow apartment

bureau cxema uses colors to create a storyline in its moscow apartment

moscow-based bureau cxema (skhēma) architects imagines its new project as a story that unfolds as one moves around the house — a story related to the changes of sunlight that are interplayed with color combinations inside the apartment. the interaction of color and light creates a palette of impressions that vary depending on the time of the day.

an interplay of blue, pink and green
all images natalia kupriyanova



the apartment is meant to inspire its owner — a singer-songwriter —to create music while staying at home. to let him change the environment from time to time and fully enjoy every single corner of the place, using the playful combination of colors and sunlight, cxema has created a palette of impressions that vary depending on the time of the day.

a salmon wardrobe gives a pop of color when the door is open



to create a coherent storyline of the owner’s day, the architects have used bright colors:  the musician wakes up to a light-blue sky on the bedroom’s ceiling, which adjoins the lighter gray walls revealing the lively peach-colored windows. due to the lack of sunlight in the living room, the architects have used serene forest shades and created — as they call it — a ‘color pocket’, a zone, where both walls and ceiling are painted with the same color to separate the resting area from the passage. the traditional bathroom covered with white ceramic tiles with dark joins is enlivened by a delicate pink ceiling.

pastel colors in the bedroom create a nice and calm atmosphere


in the bedroom, the blue sky adjoins the lighter gray walls and revealing peach window


the balcony as a studio for the musician


norman copenhagen purple chairs blend with a forest green living room


irregular corner of the apartment has been put in the ‘color pocket’


in the living room, the ‘color pocket’ separates the resting zone and the passage


the shape of the kitchen front inspired by space invader


an interplay of hexagons


pink ceiling compliments the overall tile grid


the bathroom was made of white ceramic tile grid with dark joints


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