peter kostelov: origami house peter kostelov: origami house
oct 05, 2012

peter kostelov: origami house

‘origami house’ by peter kostelov, moscow russia image © zinon razutdinov

the ‘origami house’ was built for russia’s reality show ‘dachniy otvet’ in which a client and an architect meet only once, the project is designed and built, and the owners return to evaluate the work. moscow-based peter kostelov was featured in this episode where he was met with a social family who was looking for a summer home where they could enjoy athletic activities outdoors and host gatherings. the only parameter given by the mother of the household was that it could be anything but a basketball court, which gave much freedom in the design.

the final product is a white-washed wooden structure which folds and wraps on all axes, lending to the idea of origami. like an exercise in 3d parti and geometric spatial relationships, each surface of the residence serves multiple purposes in an all-integrated construction. it sits as a sculpture open to the elements, with half of the living areas exposed to the exterior and the other half with the capability of closing itself off to protect against the unpredictable moscow weather.

approach from the street image © zinon razutdinov

the dwelling can be divided into five sections. the water area contains a pool, a bath and a bucket for a post-sauna dousing, with an overpass connected to a well. a sun-bathing zone contains built-in lounge beds, podiums and space for armchairs, with a retractable canopy for shade. a simple gym is placed throughout with parallel bars, a swing, ample space in the yard and a referee’s chair incorporated into the construct. the semi-interior kitchen and dining area contains a small table, hammock, summer cinema and stereo system. the observation area is located on the second level, which is also used as a sunbathing zone complete with misters.

entrance to the house image © zinon razutdinov

front area open to the exterior image © zinon razutdinov

images © zinon razutdinov

view from the observation point images © zinon razutdinov

post-sauna bucket image © zinon razutdinov

parallel bars and swing as part of the gym image © zinon razutdinov

dining room and kitchen image © zinon razutdinov

retractable screens protect the living area from the weather image © zinon razutdinov

image © zinon razutdinov

image © zinon razutdinov

bathing areas image © zinon razutdinov

image © zinon razutdinov

construction highlights (video clip from the tv show, only available in russian)

  • I don\’t get it.

    mcshimi says:
  • The concept seems fun enough… but too many planks… reminds me of 80’s architecture… a period we still need time to recuperate from, for many reasons!!!!

    GlowyPR says:
  • I like it, but I think I’d like it better if it were’nt all whitewashed. Reminds me a lot of early Peter Eisenman, but not as disciplined (not a detriment), especially those three upside down steps, the structural extensions, the way the forms seem to be drawn out of the core, and of course, the whiteness

    dbkii says:
  • I like it, but I think I’d like it more if it weren’t all white

    reminds me a lot of early Peter Eisenman but not as disciplined (not a fault): the three upside dow steps, the structural extensions “claiming” space, the manner in which the forms seem to be drawn outward from the core, and of course the whiteness – ironic that it would be labeled “origami” since Eisenman’s work at that time was labeled “paper”

    dbkii says:
  • too much about too little.

    JV says:
  • Frankly, as origami, it seems a bit of a push to me, as if the name/idea came after construction…like so many architects “sketches”. I see it more conforming to assemblage cum Set Design.

    Chaszr says:

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