This villa, designed by architect Alexandra Fedorova, is an inspiration for Russian residential architecture.
The neighbourhood of Moscow where the house is located (Serebyaniy Bor) is subject to urban planning restrictions that require the size of the foundation to be less than 25% of its area. This could have made it impossible to build the house the clients wanted.
But the architect found a solution: she designed a building with enormously projecting overhanging elements, full-fledged box structures suspended above the ground. This greatly increased the house’s floor area, giving the clients all the space they needed.
The house is made of three intersecting volumes, each clad differently: the bedroom volume has a porcelain stoneware facade; the terrace is shaded by vertical wooden slats; and the main volume has a copper lamellar texture.
The entrance is on the ground floor below the most dramatic overhang. The first thing we see upon entering is the garage door, clad in porcelain, completely built in to the structure and almost invisible.
As we climb the stairs, we see the attractive sight of a cascade of our To-be cylindrical suspension lamps. Featuring a very small diameter, the interplay of vertical lines brings life to the double-height space of the stairwell. The railing is like an enormous glass leaf through which the light of the front window filters.
The second floor is the heart of the home: the living room, dining room, kitchen, a guest bathroom, and two bedrooms. This is also the entry point to the terrace where the homeowners can relax in privacy. The architect devised a facade of slats whose angle completely conceals the neighbouring houses, giving a view only of the trees in the garden.
Clean, minimal, richly textured, and comfortable. The architect Alexandra Fedorova remarked: “We wanted to maintain the greatest possible architectural purity, doing away with all that was unnecessary.”
Project: Alexandra Fedorova, in collaboration with Sergey Kalyuta and Irina Gubskaya.
Product: To-be pendant lamp.
Photo: Ilya Ivanov.