za bor architects: house of mr.r, moscow
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apr 28, 2013
za bor architects: house of mr.r, moscow

‘ house for mr.r’ by za bor architects, moscow, russia
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despite its deconstructivist sensibility, the imposing faceted gray structure ‘house of mr. r’ in moscow draws its forms from a deep sensitivity to the
greenery of site. za bor architects were give carte blanche to design the single-family home, albeit with the stipulation that the architecture respect
the existing trees on the 1800 square meter plot. the plan skirts around and incorporates birches, oaks and pines and the design team even went
so far as to create and embed a special concrete pipe into the foundation to preserve a tree root. while the volumes grew from the layout of
the foundation, the home is carefully composed into public and private areas, emphasized by way of material and color. the monochromatic
reinforced concrete exterior counters white marble interiors dotted with channels of pebbles and black built-in furniture. a wine cellar is
expanded with tinted glass mirrors and wrapped in a pattern  of corian and dark wood. contrastingly, the more private areas are swathed
in warmer materials– oak paneling and cream-colored textiles work in conjunction with band skylight to create airy bedrooms and bathrooms.
the sloped roof is actually a single faceted piece, accessible for sunbathing and or picnicking while providing choice apertures to bathe the
home with interior light.   




the home’s plan skirts around and incorporates the existing trees on the site
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recessed balconies are protected by retractable windows
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slopes and recesses create a dynamic exterior
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pipes and pragmatic building systems are worked into the design
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austere exteriors meet materially keen interiors
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white marble and black built-in furniture characterize the ground level
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view into the living space
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the main stair to the second floor has a wraparound bar
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vertical circulation also acts as a material transition
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views of the main stair and bar
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the dining area highlights its floating planes with diffused light
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choice glazing allows plenty of interior light in the more private spaces
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views of the space-conscious bathroom
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interior views of the bathroom
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bedrooms are clad in oak and enjoy views of the sky
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a wine cellar is expanded by tinted glass
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a corian and wood pattern delineate the wine cellar
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the deck area is peripherally lit
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trees were worked around by the deck
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