CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY NEEDS NEW SYMBOLS Times have changed, and we no longer build, as we did during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, cathedrals which symbolised our spiritual victory over death, chaos and destruction, and which embodied the extent of what humankind could achieve at that time.
Constructed to the very limit of what could be achieved with the technology and materials available at the time, they reflected the image and impression of the world of contemporary society that was oft repeated in frescoes, stained-glass windows, sculpture and music. They were centres in which was reflected the understanding of the past and the relationship towards the present of the people who built them.
Since that time, our perception of the world around us has altered radically, our horizons have broadened, and today we possess limitless opportunities thanks to the materials, technologies and means of expression that we now command. However, the greater the possibilities, the more frequently we show a complete helplessness when faced with the task of synthesising our knowledge and world view into a unified whole which extends beyond the bounds of the utilitarian, and it often seems that the people who built those cathedrals were a great deal bolder then than we are now.
Nevertheless, we cannot refute the fact that modern society needs new symbols which reflect the same issues which confronted the people who built beautiful cities many centuries ago, moreover we understand that we cannot live on monuments to the past alone, and we are now confronted with the necessity to create new projects which reflect the epoch in which we are living. These thoughts form the principal motive which led us to create the Heart of Malta complex, a monument which bears within its form a reminder of the merciless power and unpredictability of nature, and is intended to become what the cathedrals of the past became – the quintessence of our contemporary culture as it desperately strives to break the bounds of what it possible.
We see this project as an open window into the future, and a proud response to the vicissitudes of our own history and destiny.
I would like to remind those who separate the terms “natural” and “human” when discussing integration of structures into a natural context, that a human
being’s consciousness is also a part of nature, and also lives according to her immutable laws, and that such a separation looks at the very least presumptive.
We are, after all, also a part of nature, just one which possesses self-awareness and the ability to interpret that which occurs around us.In spite of the superficial impression of being in conflict with the environment, what we have in this project is an example of the ultimate conceptual and architectural integration of a structure into its physical context, meaning that here we can speak of a successful solution which goes beyond the bounds of the concept of urbanisation. The image of an Azure Window built from steel, one which reflects the sky, the land, and the sea – this is a very powerful image.
Therefore we are confident that we have been able to fully and faithfully reflect in our project the interaction of humanity and nature, the theme of downfall and prevailing, as a fundamental leitmotif for contemporary culture, having created an architectural design with its own drama and story, and whose familiar silhouette, in the edges of which reality itself dissolves, will intrigue and fascinate many people all over the world, and will reflect in the best possible way the spirit of Malta’s past.
СВЕТОЗАР АНДРЕЕВ, АРХИТЕКТОР / ДИЗАЙНЕР ИНТЕРЬЕРА
Родился в 1975м году в Санкт-Петербурге. С 1997-го работает, как самостоятельный дизайнер и архитектор. Основное направление работы:
архитектурное проектирование и девелопмент, дизайн интерьера, разработка эксклюзивной мебели, предметов интерьера и графический дизайн. Автор множество интерьерных и архитектурных проектов, и коллекций эксклюзивной мебели. Работы Светозара Андреева отмечены премиями и номинациями, неоднократно занимали первые места в международных конкурсах Проекты Светозара Андреева регулярно публикуются в основных россиийских и зарубежных изданиях, посвященных дизайну интерьера и архитектуре, появлялись на обложках журналов. В настоящее время Светозар Андреев CEO собственной студии Hotei-Russia / The Svetozar Andreev Studio и работает как архитектор и дизайнер интерьера.
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- Финалист конкурса журнала Sobaka.ru «Лучшие дизайнеры и интерьеры 2008» В номинации "Лучший частный интерьер"
- Победитель конкурса ARCHIP «Международная Архитектурная Премия 2006» В номинации "Новаторство"
THE SVETOZAR ANDREEV STUDIO / HOTEI-RUSSIA IN WORLD MEDIA СТУДИЯ СВЕТОЗАРА АНДРЕЕВА / HOTEI-RUSSIA В МАССМЕДИА
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS BY THE SVETOZAR ANDREEV STUDIO
WISSH IN A LUXURY ROOFTOP VILLA IN ST. PETERSBURG
SAARI MOIS ROOFTOP VILLA BY ARCHITECT SVETOZAR ANDREEV
We are proud to be present in the luxurious villa project designed by architect Svetozar Andreev and Hotei Russia. This special project includes a bespoke MOHA chandeliers, which looks stuning in the modern interior of a penthouse in St. Petersburg and a contemporary desing crystal chandelier, WISSH.
The airy and graceful design of WISSH, emphasized by the refined black structure with the sparkling rays of crystal shinning. It brings dynamism and style into a contemporary interior and as a dynamic and magnificent piece of architecture, WISSH needs space to live what it get in the Saari Mois villa.
Saari Mois (the Sarskaya Grange) is the name of an ancient estate, gifted by Peter the Great to the future empress Catherine I in 1710, on which by the time of Catherine II had been built one of Europe’s most beautiful park residences of the Baroque period – Tsarskoe Selo. Its proximity and spectacular views onto the palace park were the inspiration for the name of this unique project.The Saari Mois rooftop villa project came about as a result of a simple request from a client to renovate two separate apartments on the top floor of a residential building.
The architect behind the project, Svetozar Andreev, proposed a left-field solution – to knock through part of the dividing walls and ceilings, thereby combining the two apartments into a single space, and to add a second floor featuring living areas and terraces on the roof of the building. As a result, a non-standard architectural solution made it possible to unlock additional space, converting two small separate apartments into a luxurious two-storey Mediterranean-style villa, with spacious terraces and panoramic windows.
Thanks to this arrangement, the project’s floorplan area has been more than doubled. A large communal area, with a living room, kitchen-dining room, and dressing rooms has been designed for the ground floor, while the private area on the same floor features a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, as well as a nursery. The communal and private areas are linked by a wide 20 metre long gallery with a cantilever staircase to the second floor, filled with natural light from a glazed skylight. The upper level is completely given over to a large recreation area, with its own bar and kitchen, a large chillout zone featuring a two-sided fireplace to heat both the interior and exterior areas, and also a home spa-centre with a mini-pool and open terraces furnished in the style of outdoor living rooms, complete with a bar, sun-loungers and outdoor showers. The upper floor also features automatic panoramic sliding glass doors, to enable the outdoor terraces and indoor areas to be easily combined during the warmer months of the year.
A generous amount of non-standard furnishings was also employed by Svetozar Andreev for the project, including a console kitchen, along with a dining table based on the original Stealth series, which frequently feature in Andreev’s projects and boast a single support point. All of the Stealth-series furnishings are finished in Corian® artificial stone. Large central architectural feature pieces were also made from the same polished, black-brown material, into which have been integrated a spacious living area with sofas, a media centre, a fireplace and a lighting system, as well as a sleeping area with a built-in bed, storage system, adjustable lighting, and a built-in sound system. The elegant cantilever staircase in the central gallery is also made from Corian®.
The understated luxury of the solid walls polished to a mirror-like finish, along with levelled floors faced with gloss-laquered parquet, in tactile contrast to the carpeted areas with the colour and texture of a sandy beach, the stone pebbles in the bathrooms and the large amount of tropical greenery, the linear architectural lighting and large sliding glass partitions, the exclusive original furnishings, the non-standard open-plan layout and the imposing energetic architectural forms combine to create an unusual, yet at the same time easygoing and comfortable atmosphere, something which is characteristic of all of Svetozar Andreev’s villa and penthouse projects, and which makes them unique and instantly recognisable.
Interior Concept, Architecture and Design – Svetozar Andreev
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Svetozar Andreev Architecture Studio “Hotei-Russia”
Saari Mois villa total area – 520 m².
Crystal chandeliers with Swarovski crystals by Manooi.
Exterior furniture, carpets and lighting by Vondom.
Bathroom mixer-taps and other equipment by Gessi,
Built-in kitchen appliances by V-Zug.
Textiles and curtains by Sahco Hesslein
Artificial stone – Corian®
Bedroom and second-floor carpeting by JAB