Last year, ABB held a competition for designers and architects “Where I Want!”. All projects implemented in 2016 were considered. A prerequisite for participation was the use of ABB products - wiring accessories, home automation systems and intercom systems. The works were presented in three nominations: "Noble Traditions" - for projects using products from the "Dynasty" series; “Freedom at home” - for projects using the ABB-free @ home home automation system and the ABB-Welcome door communication system; “Modern laconicism” - for projects with ABB series of wiring products from Busch-Jaeger and Niessen factories.
Despite the fact that the competition was held for the first time, it aroused great interest. The organizers received about forty applications. From among them, the jury formed the top 10 best works. The main awards - a tourist certificate and a set of radio and intercom "ABB" - were received by three winners in three nominations.
We present the projects of the winners with comments from the authors and jury members:
Penthouse interior in Irkutsk
Olga Pavlova. Design workshop Dom-A
ABB "Dynasty" (polished brass-white glass, ivory), ABB basic55 (ivory), ABB basic55 (chateau-black).
A 200 m² penthouse is located on the thirteenth floor of a modern residential building in Irkutsk. Large panoramic windows of the apartment offer views of the lively city and the Angara River. Olga Pavlova, one of the project's authors, said that the interior was designed for a couple who value quality, comfort and luxury. It was the customer's preferences that determined the stylistic direction of the project, which gravitates towards the classics. The interior with large and open spaces filled with light, high ceilings and doorways reaching 2.5 m in height, elegant furniture with gilding and floral ornaments - all this was to emphasize the status of the owners of the penthouse.
The character of the interior was determined by the high quality of finishing materials. The floor in the living room and bedroom is made of natural walnut. The wallpaper on the walls is hand-decorated with gold and silver leaf. The walls are also decorated with plaster with a soft, suede-like surface. The velvet and velor draperies of the living room are contrasted with the glossy surfaces that dominate the kitchen. The entire apartment is equipped with wiring equipment made of polished brass and white glass from the ABB Dynasty series.
Olga Pavlova: “For this project, we chose the highest quality and most reliable premium materials. The Dynasty series from ABB fully met these requirements. As for the design, we did not even consider other options. The products of this series fit perfectly into the interior in all positions."
Jury comment: “The best in the“Noble Traditions”nomination was the Irkutsk project - a very vivid example of the use of the“Dynasty”series in the interior. The series, developed by a German designer, is based on the motives of the fairy tale "The Scarlet Flower". This is a classic product with a traditional Russian character, national patterns and the use of noble materials - brass, metal, glass."
Freedom at home
Penthouse interior on Rublevskoe highway
Alexandra Fedorova Architectural Bureau
ABB-Welcome, ABB Busch-prion.
A large penthouse on the top floor of a club house located on Rublevskoye Shosse is an example of an ultra-modern and technologically advanced interior. The area of the apartment is 250 m². Panoramic windows face all four directions of the world, offering beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes from all rooms. The planning solution is verified to the smallest detail and fully takes into account the interests of the owners of the house. Thus, the windows of the bedrooms overlook a quiet courtyard, and the guest rooms offer a panoramic view of the street and the Krylatsky hills. The central core is a large living room. It is adjoined by a dining room and a kitchen, the area of which has been increased due to the addition of a balcony. There is a study for the head of the family between the living room and the dining room. It is separated from the general area by pivoting partitions made of MDF panels. If necessary, they can be moved apart by attaching the office to the living room space.
Only natural materials are used in the interior decoration. The floor and ceiling in the living area are decorated with American walnut parquet. The wall with the TV placed on it is covered with blackened copper panels. The decoration of part of the walls in the kitchen, including the column with built-in household appliances, imitates concrete. Metal and concrete surfaces are set off and softened by textiles - furniture upholstery, carpets and curtains. Paintings on the walls and mirrors pursue the same goal.
The apartment uses the "Smart Home" system, which includes the functions of intercom, lighting, blinds control, heating and air conditioning. With the ABB-free @ home system, you can create specific scenarios for the operation of all components together or each separately. A convenient option is control from mobile devices and PCs. This makes it possible to control the system without even being at home.
Alexandra Fedorova: “The Busch-priOn system has been in my home for several years, so I am pleased to offer it to my clients. It is very reliable and easy to use, automation saves space and time, rationalizes space."
Jury comment: “We liked Alexandra Fedorova's project right away. It uses the ABB-Welcome intercom and the Busch-priOn automation system. This is one of the top series, easy to use and intuitive. All automation systems are interconnected. In addition, they can be linked to intercom. In this project, this was exactly what was done. In general, ABB products are presented very beautifully in the created interior, as in the catalog. The jury members liked the functional sophistication and technical implementation, which combined the control of light, temperature, ventilation. “Freedom at home” is an idea that, as it seems to us, has been fully implemented in this project”.
Loft-style interior in Rostov-on-Don
Diana Karnaukhova and Victoria Karjakina. Architectural studio Makedesign
ABB Niessen Zenit (mechanism and frame - silver)
An apartment with an area of just under 60 m² is located in a modern residential complex "Kristall" in Rostov-on-Don. The convenient layout includes all the necessary premises: an entrance hall, a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom with a dressing room and a bathroom. The space created for a young and active girl is designed in the loft style that is fashionable today. As the authors of the project explain, the main idea was to preserve the existing architecture of the building as much as possible. This is why the brick walls and high concrete ceiling remained virtually intact. Combining the living room with the loggia made it possible to further expand the space of a not too large apartment, giving it even more factory flair. The room is brought closer to the image of a production workshop by the floor covering, which resembles a concrete screed, and sheets of porcelain stoneware imitating metal surfaces, and open electrical wiring, and even a decorative cast-iron potbelly stove.
At the same time, the interior surprisingly retains the comfort of home. Designers skillfully combine brutal and untreated surfaces with textile inserts and natural materials. Wooden furniture, plywood art objects, textured linen and rich colors - like the giant graffiti on the bedroom wall - enliven and soften the interior.
For such a minimalistic interior, the ABB Niessen Zenit wiring products are the ideal solution. Laconic, functional and very easy to use, this collection has supported and complemented the overall mood of the loft space.
Diana Karnaukhova: “We have liked this collection for a long time, and we actively use it in our projects. It is minimalistic and neat, and therefore easily integrated into any modern interior. For our loft, saturated with various textures (brickwork, porcelain stoneware for metal, concrete, glass), the electrical equipment of the ABB Niessen Zenit series was the optimal solution. It fits perfectly into the interior, without drawing attention to itself, and at the same time shading all the textures. The collection looks great in both small residential and public interiors. Moreover, in spite of the fact that this is not the most expensive segment, the products look expensive and impressive in the realized interior”.
Jury comment: “In the third nomination, which assumed the use of any series of ABB wiring products from Busch-Jaeger and Niessen plants, the project from Rostov-on-Don won. In it, the ABB Niessen Zenit series is very interesting and competently applied - one of the most modern and laconic series. Crafted in discreet and modern materials such as plastic, slate, natural steel and glass, offering a wide range of color options, this collection opens up many possibilities for use in a wide variety of interiors, including loft spaces."