To allow parents more time in bed, Russian architecture studio Ruetemple has added a play area above the master bedroom at this summer house to keep the children occupied (+ slideshow).
The studio was tasked with creating a bedroom inside the house in Russia that would be convenient for both parents and children. To do this, the architects added a multi-level play area above the bed – incorporating a small playhouse and secret room.
The family comes to their summer house for the weekend and, like all working people, they dream of having a good sleep on Saturday and Sunday after a hard week in town,” said the architects. “But all the children are early birds. They wake their parents up early in the morning.”
“Of course, greeting the morning in the company of one’s kids is very nice, but we decided to suggest an unusual option, when everybody will be together without disturbing each other and everybody will be happy,” they continued.
To try and retain a calm environment, the architects built the entire structure – including a podium with a bed, the two upper levels and a staircase – using timber and pine. The remaining walls are painted white.
White nets are used to protect the children from falling, as well as allowing them to climb to the uppermost level.
“We didn’t use any other bright colours,” the architects said. “They are going to emerge naturally while the family will be interiorising the space.”On the ground level, a door disguised as a mirror provides access to a secret room. Throughout the day, skylights and large windows provide the space with lots of natural light.
Ruetemple is made up of architects Alexander Kudimov and Daria Butahina. The duo’s previous projects include a play and study area in another Russian home, and a plywood artist’s studio that combines areas for storage, seating and sleeping.
The project was completed as part of a television show called Cottage Solution for Russian broadcaster NTV.
Photography is by the architects.