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

za bor architects: house of mr.r, moscow

‘ house for mr.r’ by za bor architects, moscow, russiaimage © za bor architects



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 siteimage © za bor architects



recessed balconies are protected by retractable windowsimage © za bor architects



slopes and recesses create a dynamic exteriorimage © za bor architects



pipes and pragmatic building systems are worked into the design image © za bor architects



austere exteriors meet materially keen interiors image © za bor architects



white marble and black built-in furniture characterize the ground level image © za bor architects



view into the living space image © za bor architects



the main stair to the second floor has a wraparound bar image © za bor architects



vertical circulation also acts as a material transition image © za bor architects



views of the main stair and bar image © za bor architects



the dining area highlights its floating planes with diffused light image © za bor architects



choice glazing allows plenty of interior light in the more private spaces image © za bor architects



views of the space-conscious bathroom image © za bor architects



interior views of the bathroom image © za bor architects



bedrooms are clad in oak and enjoy views of the sky image © za bor architects



a wine cellar is expanded by tinted glass image © za bor architects



a corian and wood pattern delineate the wine cellar image © za bor architects



the deck area is peripherally lit image © za bor architects



trees were worked around by the deck image © za bor architects


  • Beautifully modern with a color scheme displaying some old school class.

    Joseph Mc Swiney says:
  • I like the commitment to a concept that permeates this project

    one minor detail – the drapery intersecting the wall valence in the bedroom is rather sloppy

    dbkii says:
  • Отвратительно бестолковый дом.
    Though the house definitely has some interesting style, the space use is incredibly irrational. The whole residence has a strange feel that the architect (or the client) wanted to see a few cute design finds like the bar table under the stairs, use of “positive space” created by the separate units, or separation of a master suite into its own unit, but the final realization is still crude and looks like it was designed by the 1-st year architecture student at most.

    Pros: refreshing exterior, nice use of nature motifs in the interior, synergy of the interior materials.
    Cons: crude and irrational space usage.

    Victor says:
  • Despite the positive aspects of the design, the approach, entry, garage area is poorly handled/hideous. The double garage, as the primary feature of the design, is like a typical ranch house in the US. The concrete driveway is also overwhelming. First impressions!

    VINDE says:
  • Interesting forms cleverly intersecting. Feels just a wee bit overworked and mentally complicated making the spaces nervous or squirming to move.

    mArkW says:
  • Words fail me . . . this is very unusual . . . perhaps an interpretation of the Flintstones’ house by Donald Trump on LSD and built by Mussolini – on the other hand it has an admirable lack of artistic or philological pretensions and may appeal to those who enjoy the ambiance of an up market urinal.

    Adam says:

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