Project: Silver pine
Architects: BY HOUR (Architecture), ARRCC (interior design)
Place: Moscow, Russia
Photos: Sergey Ananiev
Silver Pine Residence by SAOTA
Nestled between pine forests on an island in the Moskva River in Moscow, the Russian capital, this modern house takes a revolutionary, extroverted approach to the city's architectural tradition.
Designed by SAOTA, a South African architecture firm known for kind the possibilities of modernism in the 20th.
Glass systems have reached a point where they can effectively isolate and solve the climate problem during Russia's extreme winter months. The greatest challenge was to mediate a dialogue between the two traditions in order to harmoniously resolve the modern approach in the Russian context. The design appeals to the urban character of the capital and the native pine forest on the island in the immediate vicinity of the historic middle.
The pine forests that overlook the area are therefore an important motivation for the open, extroverted orientation of the design. This approach allowed SAOTA to explore a modern type of architecture that invites in as much natural light as possible during the dark winter months to compensate for the lack of sun and mitigate its absence. A design that creates comfortable spaces to enjoy the beauty of the outside conditions, no matter how rough it is.
The architectural premise is wealthy in contrast: the strong protective presence of the street facade speaks for the monolithic architectural character of the capital, which can withstand the extreme heat and cold, which can fluctuate by 70 degrees between the seasons.
The public character of the house thus gives a contemporary interpretation of the architectural character of the city. A sculptural clasp surrounds the main entrance. This backlit bronze-clad facade not only serves as a visual warning of the entrance opening in the relatively inconspicuous facade, but also conveys the promise of luxurious and bright interiors in private rooms beyond the threshold. With its dominant forest landscape, it enhances the experience of the transition from public to private.
Architecture from the garden presents a contrasting facade. Open glass walls blur the difference between inside and outside and invite you to look at the pine trees inside. The open terraces and the faceted, angular facade create courtyards and outdoor spaces that enable the interplay of landscape and architecture apart from local tradition. In summer it is possible to live outside, like in South Africa or California. In winter, still warm and cozy interiors can celebrate the beauty of the snowy landscape and pine trees with a completely modern approach to harsh conditions. Even in winter, the focus remains on the terrace rather than the stove.
SAOTA used a silver-gray metal cladding on the outside, which complements and enriches the green of the plants and trees in the surrounding forest and offers an impressive landscape experience. The facade takes on the quality of the natural material and emphasizes a tailor-made quality in its details, which appeals to the unique tailor-made approach to the design and equipment of the house, especially in the interior design.
The heavy, protective quality of the facade, especially the street, gives way to a warm, lively interior, in which the outer shell of a geode can discover a warm agate or a shimmering crystalline interior. It gives interiors that have a slightly bizarre, playful quality compared to the outside, an elegant, jewel-like quality.
Inside, natural materials dominate, from exotic marble, which is partially backlit, to metal and wood surfaces that give it softness and warmth. ARRCC is in dialogue with the architecture in interior design details. The metallic frame of the television oscillates with the faceted, jewel-like shape of the ledge below and the outer brass clasp at the building entrance.
A curved sculptural staircase playfully contrasts with the angular architectural elements that it connects, transforming it into an organic beauty that marks a subtle commute of character between the more sociable social living space on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the upper floor.
On the upper floor, softer, warmer materials dominate, where the more open, fluid and networked approach to space has been replaced by private rooms with a more relaxed, relaxed atmosphere.
This project between SAOTA, ARRCC and Max Kasymov is the first completed SAOTA project in Russia. An interior design studio ARRCC proposed the concept idea for the interiors, and Moscow interior design studio Max Kasymov developed the project further and monitored its implementation. The Moscow studio was responsible for monitoring and coordinating the contractors and suppliers in the building, as well as the materials, furniture and lighting.
Studio Max Kasymov was able to implement all the ideas and solutions proposed by SAOTA and ARRCC by designing and producing bespoke furniture in its own workshop.
OKHA also provided some furniture for the villa. In the living area there is a Nicci swivel armchair, mesh side table and To Be One lamp. You are also responsible for the custom made brass frame around the TV. Elsewhere are OKHA's tofu dining chairs, Frame bar stools and solar mirrors.
The overall experience of the villa shows that SAOTA mediates a modern relationship between Russian interior design and its landscape and climate. The potential of the modern villa to enrich life in milder climates was made possible in these more extreme surroundings.
– Project description and pictures provided by BY HOUR