©  Atelier Prototipi / Photography: Aleksandra Kononchenko

Shisha lounges are no longer a phenomenon exclusive to the Middle East. Mind you, the delights of sitting back with friends over smoking a pipe and sipping tea is increasingly appreciated in the rest of the world, and yes, including Moscow. On the outskirts of this sprawling city, in the residential Golovinskiy neighbourhood, a newly opened shisha lounge and tea bar pulls a savvy local crowd to its doorstep with a setting that was inspired first hand by Morocco‘s many splendorous sights in both its cities and countryside. Called Vodniy, named after the eponymous 29-floor residential building where it’s situated, the venue occupies a 165 sqm. (1,776 sq.ft.) unit on the ground floor, and features an interior design by architects Aleksey Klimov and Yevgeny Cherkas of Minsk-based architecture practice Atelier Prototipi.

The duo had been on a recent trip to the North African country, and mesmerised by what they’ve seen, the design for the new establishment is obviously rife with references. The setting sees a myriad of cozy nooks, arches and unexpected viewpoints which effortlessly conjure up the mystique of an old Medina. Walls stuccoed in warm terracotta-coloured plaster and flooring of concrete and terrazzo form the backdrop of sculptural sofas and tables with circular marble tops. In a minimalist space like this, details stand out, so special attention has also been given to lighting. Created in collaboration with Russian design studio Wishnya, a series of custom fixtures have been made. Boosting the sense of mystique even further at Vodniy, is a curated number of artworks and decorative objects, such as a stepped pedestal decorated with burning candles, a Giacometti-inspired sculpture, and circular conceptual paintings by the Belarusian artist Vadik Fin.

Golovinskoye Shosse 7 (Golovinskiy)
125212 Moscow
Telephone: +7 968 4380000
Daily 2pm-12pm

© Atelier Prototipi / Photography: Aleksandra Kononchenko