The Arbor / Kerimov + Prishin Architects

© Ilya Ivanov

The arbor, designed by Kerimov + Prishin Architects, is a living space project meant to accommodate a family of about 15 people. The design’s floor plan consists of a semantic differentiation on three zones which they conditionally named “kitchen-furnace”, “dining room-drawing room” and “terrace-scene”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Ilya Ivanov

“Kitchen-furnace” is a uniform block consisting of a table-top under which there is every possible box and case, and furnaces with two niches. The first for a brazier, the second for a samovar. We have essentially decided to include process of preparation of tea in an interior of our arbor, for this purpose we and have provided an additional niche and a separate flue. All this block is executed in cold on color and slightly rude concrete under the invoice and it some kind of “shell” for warm on color of kitchen, a basket with cones and for hot processes such as preparation of meat or a water boiling. In this zone concrete we leave also a floor spark hit on which won’t cause any harm to construction.

© Ilya Ivanov

“Dining room-drawing room” is a long console table behind which all family now can gather. Structurally the table is the metal skeleton sheathed by a tree and fixed at the basis to a pedestal which, in turn, is continuation of a concrete plate of the base. Besides a table at the left and on the right there are open regiments for storage of every possible utensils. Thus the table is not a decorative element which can be transferred, changed, cleaned, and architectural, that is it is an object integral part, its main element, its “heart”, his soul.

© Ilya Ivanov

“Terrace-scene” is multipurpose in this case an element where in hot weather it is possible to sunbathe, drink tea, having collapsed on cozy padded stools, and evenings, it is possible to expose chairs in a garden, to open completely doors, to move apart a curtain and to look at the performance prepared by children.

© Ilya Ivanov

To add to object aura of summer theater, a summer theatrical scene, for us almost also it was important, as well as to make so that heroes didn’t feel closely in object. When chairs are taken out in a garden, apertures are closed by curtains from a floor to a ceiling, the arbor turns to theatrical side scenes where actors change clothes and there are last preparations. Curtains of the central aperture are moved apart in both parties, like a curtain, actors step on the stage, and performance begins.

Location: , Russia
Project Team: Shamsudin Kerimov, Pavel Prishin
Project Area: 36 m2
Project Year: 2011

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "The Arbor / Kerimov + Prishin Architects" 18 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • urko

    f*** context. Kerimov + Prishin, i miss your website

  • Shamsudin Kerimov

    but now it is in russian)

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  • CASH

    Polycarbonate is cheap

  • Eugene

    Does anybody know what kind of wood used in this project?

  • Radoslav Korklinevski

    furring strips of larch

  • Nicole Stock

    Great project. I’m trying to get in touch with the architects and can’t find their email on their website… can you help me out?

    • Shamsudin Kerimov

      I architect of the project), you can contact me via personal email

    • Shamsudin Kerimov

      I architect of the project), you can contact me by personal email archsham @ gmail . com

  • Katerina Kudinova

    Hello. I’m from Russia too. And i know web site and email of this architectcs, because now they’re doing a project for me. If you want to know it, just find me on facebook Katerina Kudinova.Moscow.Has worked in Louis Vuitton.Studied at RSUH. I wrote it,because it’s will be easy to find me. I will give you contacts. Because here archdaily doesn’t allow me to publish it.

  • Raic

    nice pavillion, but not in russian winters… only if you are drinking vodka :)

  • iRIO

    nice table. ну и все..