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Passion projects often reveal your creative identity with the most clarity. Interior architect Xusha Tkacheva confirms this rule with Glass House, a design that is the expression of an impulse to further explore her style and where the synthesis of nature, architecture, and interior takes the lead. As the name of the concept makes you suspect, she also toyed with the idea of making glass an integral part of the home, ending with a successful result.
A moment of inspiration can linger for years. During one of her travels, the interior designer passed by a lake surrounded by protective mountains. With nothing else in sight but water, nature's giants and a fisherman's cottage, that day captured a special place in her memory. It is impossible not to see the influence of the latter in her own design, which she based on it. She conceived a rectangular structure resting entirely on pillars in the water below. With rusted metal plates in brick color and parts of freight containers, the fisherman's cottage offered valuable creative input with which the designer eagerly helped shape her own ideas. Thus, the interior is enveloped in an unanimous range of sand and terracotta tones. A second decisive feature is the fact that the residence is made almost entirely of glass.
She created an own interpretation of a fisherman’s cottage
As primary materials, she selected marble, travertine, and wood. The warm character that these three generate together successfully complements the striking appearance brought about by the consistent fenestration. While the exterior environment can at times appear chilly or unapproachable, the interior of the home balances that mood thanks to the gentle harmony the interior exudes. The layout consists of three zones. In the center you will find enclosed spaces including bathrooms, storage areas, and an office space with a small library. To the right is the living area with living room and kitchen, as well as a tea area. The bulky, open bedroom with bath is located on the left. In some areas, sand acts as flooring, again underlining the connection to the outdoors. Such elements make it not difficult to discern the parallel to Japanese gardens, as does the light lantern. Glass House harbours a touching contrast between the sharpness of the surrounding mountains and the ease with which you nestle inside in front of the window. With the presence of water, the interior designer created her own interpretation on a fisherman's cottage, proving how moments of inspiration can lead to creative ventures that highlight the importance of passion projects. Hopefully, she will continue to carve out time for more of these impressive ideas in the future.
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Images courtesy of Xusha Tkacheva