teTRIKs Apartment by Petar Zaharinov
by Harry / December 23, 2013


Petar Zaharinov has converted a communist era flat in Sofia, Bulgaria into a "tricky human-scale tetris game".



The flat is located in a typical large-panel system building in Sofia and consists of one multifunctional room that operates as a living room and bedroom at the same time, a kitchen, a bathroom, a corridor, and a large balcony divided into glazed and unglazed parts.


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"These kind of buildings are very restrictive in terms of rearrangements because all the walls are made of reinforced concrete and most of them are load-bearing; moreover, the budget did not allow replacement of the interior doors." says Zaharinov.


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"The goal of the refurbishment was to turn the apartment into a place appropriate for young people, providing enough flexibility at an affordable price."


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"The decision was to turn all of the immovable 'heritage' - walls, ceilings, floors, and doors, together with the appliances, into a passive achromatic background, emphasizing the flexible assemblable wooden furniture and lighting."


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"The flexibility is enhanced by the possibility of combining the modules from the different rooms, turning the whole flat into a tricky human-scale tetris game, inspiring the name of the project which is a combination of 'tetris' and 'tricks'."


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"The biggest challenge was the main room which is supposed to accommodate many different functions - not only connected to working and sleeping but also to different social activities - from having dinner with friends to drinking tea and playing board games in more relaxed atmosphere."


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"This requirement necessitated the adaptation of the bed to functions different from sleeping. It is the biggest furniture in the room and using it only as a bed would not leave space for placing sofas and low tables for example. The solution was to make it modular using five benches - three standard VBT and two standard VIB with backrests at the ends."

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"The kitchen has a classic furniture arrangement typical for this kind of apartments, nevertheless the worktops are also assemblable and independent from the appliances, giving the possibility of rearrangements."


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"The cabinets are also modular and equal to the ones in the corridor, bringing even more flexibility. They look decorative but their shape is actually very constructional and tectonic, providing a huge number of possible arrangements and assemblies."


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"Their mobility is facilitated by the battens on which they are hung, eliminating the necessity of fastening them directly to the walls."

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