villa acer fuses minimalist geometries with comfort + warmth 


situated on a picturesque hill in hincesti, moldova, villa acer is a bespoke house designed for a middle-aged family. the 135 sqm residence was completed by architect maxim calujac, offering a pleasant balance between minimalist geometries, comfort, and warmth.


the house features two main areas: the bedrooms, bound by a corridor to grant owners privacy, and an active social area hosting the kitchen/ dining/ living room. the latter is met by a glass curtain wall that offers a pleasant view of the landscape — creating a gentle dialogue between villa acer’s geometry and its surroundings. 

villa acer 1
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framing + shielding the house with a sculptural concrete beam 


wanting to cut off construction time and offer a sustainable and simple design solution, calujac (see more here) built the core of villa acer using a wooden framework carried by a slab foundation. the facades are essentially covered with warm-toned ayous thermowood, exuding a homely and personal touch to the overall design. 


framing the wooden volume is a concrete beam that sits in front of the main facade like an undulating sculpture. seen from the road, the beam shields the house from unwanted sights, while its curved profile highlights the villa’s rectangular lines and adds to the balance of contrasts.

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the gap leading to the main entrance



knit together: a peaceful, sober space connecting to the land 


the minimalist approach also appears in the choice of interior finishes; the architect covered the walls with wooden panels, shaped the floor with polished concrete, and elevated that overall neutral tone with distinct furniture accents. as calujac puts it, ‘everything is knitted together to end up in a space that does not burden day-to-day life.’


finally, as this is a place for rest, the family wanted to preserve the main characteristics of the terrain. this would allow anyone who visits villa acer to find themselves peacefully connected to the roots and the land. 

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facades covered with ayous thermowood

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backyard view

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the contrast between concrete and wood

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concrete beam detail – front view

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concrete beam detail – side view

maxim calujac frames wooden villa in moldova with sculptural concrete beam
wooden walls gently balanced by a polished concrete floor




project info:


name: villa acer

area: 135 sqm 

year: 2020

location: hincesti, republic of moldova
architecture: maxim calujac

design team: iulia moscalet, irina dubinschi, roman lecari, andrei gurulea
photography: etalpmet 



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom