Within a 19th century industrial building in St Petersburg, Art Gluck has introduced a modern office that meets the functional requirements of a contemporary building whilst maintaining the history of an industrial artifact.
The existing tower has a footprint of 10 square meters and a height of approximately 8 meters, allowing for a three-level space that accommodates an entry lobby (with wardrobe and bathroom), office space on the second floor and a recreation area with a kitchen and small library on the third level. The three levels are linked with a light metal staircase.
A particular challenge into the retrofit was creating even daylight throughout the building. The second floor is surrounded by panoramic views towards the River Neva and over a neighbouring industrial estate.
The third floor however has no daylight whatsoever. Consequently, it was decided to install an overlapping metal frame with glass between the two floors, thus bringing illumination into the previously dark third level.