Gradually unfolding dwelling in Moscow

The Gorki house was designed by architecture firm Atrium in Moscow, Russia. The contemporary residence was designed for a young couple with a child. The house is positioned on the top of a hill surrounded by pine trees. The home features beautiful views from every direction except for the north, so the architects decided to close it off. This provoked the idea of folded plane, which is lifted a little above the ground and forms the space of the house. It creates a variety of inner and outer spaces which serve usual dwelling functions. At the same time the building is open to the sunlight, with windows throughout oriented towards natural light.

You can feel the structure of folding in the house because of the open space plan where public zones flow into private areas and vice-versa. There is no difference in cladding of the outside and the inside. If you see wood in the exterior you can be sure that this place in the interior is made in the same material. The folded theme also became a style of the site, so all services looks like the main building. There is a car shed and a Russian bath. The last building is partly hidden in the landscape, so the roof of it works as an observation platform. In winter time it became a skating-rink. Via

Visit the website of Atrium architects here.

Photos: Yuri Palmin, Anton Nadtochiy

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12 years ago

The whole building present irregular polygon, but hasn’t affected daylighting, the design is really nice :D