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Peter Kostelov, natural light, daylighting, oak tube, Russia, Moscow, natural materials, timber, green design, sustainable design, green renovation, sustainable renovation

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into the Moscow apartment, but really the designer deployed loose, airy joinings to create this illusion. Most importantly, however, this intervention permits light to penetrate the apartment from both sides.

The sustainably-sourced oak planks are finished off with composite stone, which buttresses the smooth, elegant aspect of this minimalist design. Despite using a fairly homogenous material, Kostelov has managed to create a great deal of fluidity and texture in this contemporary but sustainable urban renovation project. If you like this, check out a timber treehouse that adds nearly 200 square meters to another Moscow flat.

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