From Pots and Pans to the Facade

Mansion, St. Petersburg

Services by Deutsche Werkstätten:
Interior Design, Interior Outfitting, Project Management


Completion 2012


100 years ago, the great architect Hermann Muthesius referred to Deutsche Werktstätten as a company that know their stuff: from the sofa cushion to urban planning. Deutsche Werktstätten may not be building places like Hellerau anymore, but the range of services has expanded steadily in recent years. Further proof is the private residence on the outskirts of St. Petersburg which we handed over in the autumn of 2012. In the house for a family of five, Deutsche Werkstätten took care of the design of the basalt facade and the open space planning as well as equipping the kitchen with an armada of pots and pans. We can also claim responsibility for the layout of the rooms in the more than 1000 square metre main house.
The ground floor can be transformed into a public space using a reception area as needed. The dining room and large kitchen are also to be found here. The 6.8 metre long dining room table top for 18 people rests on only four visible legs and is in high gloss lacquered macassar and decorated with an inlaid stainless steel trim. The first floor accommodates not only the master bedroom, dressing room and the bath rooms but also the study, the living room, a home cinema as well as the Russian billiard table. This is an 11-foot long custom-made table weighing 1.5 tonnes. The second floor is for the three children and the guests. In the basement there is an opulent wine cellar, in a wing of the ground floor a swimming pool, a banya (steam bath) with plunge pool and a room for massage and manicure.
One of the most challenging tasks for the Hellerau design engineers and cabinet makers was in the summer pavilion, a circular table with built-in kitchen equipment which allows up to 16 guests to participate in ‘live-cooking’. For this, the inner core of the table top moves automatically up to the ceiling revealing the kitchen equipment. These technical refinements were of great importance to the client, as well as the German craftsmanship, which he appreciates for its quality. For this reason, the majority of the construction and interior design firms involved, which were coordinated by Deutsche Werkstätten, also come from Germany.

Text: Deutsche Werkstätten
Photo: Juri Molodkovets