damir ussenov of lenz/architects forms shell villa in almaty foothills damir ussenov of lenz/architects forms shell villa in almaty foothills
may 18, 2016

damir ussenov of lenz/architects forms shell villa in almaty foothills

damir ussenov of lenz/architects forms shell villa in almaty foothills
all images coutesy of lenz/architects




principal architect damir ussenov of lenz/architects realized a dynamic villa in the foothills of almaty, kazakhstan. the residence’s unique metal frameworks allows light to penetrate the structure despite dense surrounding forrest. the ‘shell’ as it came to be named, opens and closes using an electronic mechanism and shifting aluminum panels. once closed, the home is totally isolated, providing security and sound-proofing. included in the villa are: a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, lounge, and large studio space. 

view of open position

damir ussenov lenz architects shell villa almaty kazakhstan
‘shell house’

various light elements illuminate the gridded patio

damir ussenov lenz architects shell villa almaty kazakhstan
terrace and closed section  




master plan

top view

display model



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