It's not every day that we are asked to give an interview but that's exactly what happened to us a in October 2016. Today a little story about our very first project at SEES popped up on the front page of www.onpointdesigns.com.au
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THE GRANIIDI PROJECT BY SEES INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
When we consider nordic architecture our minds drift toward natural materials. That is exactly what Interiors Architect Tuuliki Sirokova was inspired by in her recent project ‘Graniidi.’
The Graniidi project, a historic building in the heart of Estonia’s capital, was reduced to a shell before being converted into prime real estate. Upcycling materials helped to reduce waste, cost and maintain the tight schedule for this home. The design lends itself to the use of exposed materials. Tuuliki combines the raw with a modern minimalist style to meet the clients brief, however it didn’t come without challenges. “Finding a perfect staircase was very tricky, the space was very small and we eventually had to custom build a concrete staircase,” she explains.
The interior was kept simple using the black concrete staircase to draws you from the ground floor to the light filled living areas. The timber splash back in the kitchen compliments the modern appliances and sleek lines, and the living area is finished with simplistic yet sleek décor.
The rough plastered walls in the bathroom and powder room bridges the gap between old and new, and the rough finish mirrors the raw elements of the timber. “I wanted to be ‘honest’ to the building by not covering all the historical details behind tiles and plaster.”
By revealing select elements of the original structure, Tuuliki achieved a home which stays true to its historic origin while incorporating a modern yet eco-friendly finish.
So we ask what is next for Sees interior architecture? Being a firm carer about the wellbeing of their client and the environment, Tuuliki is very excited about finishing up one of their biggest and most eco-friendly projects to date.
Even from an early age, Tuuliki knew she wanted to be an architect. “I was fortunate enough to live in the countryside, where building small makeshift huts in the forest from early age was my favourite thing to do.”
Tuuliki studied architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts and at the Aalto University in Finland. She then worked in Stuttgart for Lederer Ragnarsdottir Oei and for Swiss property, specialising in high-end residential designs. She moved back home to work as a freelance architect on home renovations and extension.
From little things, big things grow, and now the architect is converting historic buildings into eco-friendly designer homes.