Project name: Zet Academy
Architect firms: THIRD WAVE ARCHITECTS – IG : @thirdwave_architects
Location: Minsk, Belarus
Project year: 2020
Area: 80 square meters
Architects: Alexander Zhmakin, Stefania Soich
Photographer: Alexandra Kononchenko
Project description from architect firms THIRD WAVE ARCHITECTS
New interior space for a film-making educational platform ZET Academy is a recently completed project by Third Wave Architects. The location is one of the old factory premises of 80 square meters area and of 6-meter height on the former industrial area. The potential of the large industrial territory and the spirit of creative industries that inhabited it are the main reasons for choosing this place.
The layout is based on a clear zone allocation and the architects’ favorite planning principle of an enfilade. The entire space is divided into two functional areas: the entrance area with a reception desk and the classroom. The main element of the space is a furniture divider, that divides the whole space and includes all storage, a wardrobe, and a central portal that connects the two areas. In the entrance area, there is an administrator’s desk, a waiting area, and a wardrobe. The classroom is an open space filled with a mobile desktop structure, a teacher’s desk, and two whiteboards/screens for projecting video material. The desktop consists of four separate tables, which can be assembled into one, two, or four separate desktops if necessary. This makes the classroom space adaptive to various scenarios of the studying process. To quickly and easily transform the space, the desktops’ legs are provided with the wheels.
An important feature of the bureau design approach is following the principles of the personal manifest “Third wave of modern architecture”. Minimalism and interior unity, in general, embody the thesis of “purity of method”, pure, simple, and archaic forms claim to be of a timeless nature of the space. The use of fundamental archetypes, such as a portal or an arch, and the use of typological structures, such as an enfilade, express the importance of architectural grammar in the design process.
Stylistically, the interior is characterized by rational minimalist design, simple form geometry, and monochrome aesthetics. As a color accent, laminated chipboard of a complex brown shade is used to highlight the main furniture partition. As a contrast, the deep black color emphasizes other elements, such as the chairs, the tables, the sockets, the door handles, and particularly the central portal. On the ceiling, there are large light spots from the suspended spherical lamps that form a chess-pattern composition. A fragment of Raphael’s painting “The Triumph of Galatea”, closing the main perspective of the enfilade through the central portal, is the final coloristic point in completing the overall image of the interior. This art object organically links modern minimalistic aesthetics with the living beauty of the Renaissance.