Location: Ural region, Russia
Team: Zane Tetere – Sulce, Girts Kula, Kristaps Sulcs, Helmuts Nezborts, Dins Vecans
Construction management: Estaim.com
Photos: Maxim Kanakin
On the eastern side of the Urals when it snows, it snows. When it’s hot, it’s really hot. Nature makes herself felt, seen and heard through the seasons. There, amid the towering pines and beeches of a park is our client’s private residence. The two geometrically sharp houses create the impression of levitating. Their presence is felt, but subtle.
Ivanka Concrete panels, perforated metal and reflective glass complete the facade. The details continue the patterns visible in the surrounding landscape. Perforations in the metal resemble trees. And the pines and birches reflecting in the windows look just like the real thing. Since the homes sit within the grounds of a park, people walk past. These features perform well visually, as well as afford privacy to residents, so that they can see the landscape, but passers-by can’t see inside. The overhangs and screens also protect from the glare of the sun.
An enclosed courtyard at the heart of the house gives residents their very own, private outdoor area, as well as floods the home in natural light. A gallery encircles the courtyard. Living quarters are spaced around it. Below ground – a private spa, garage and maintenance rooms. The floor plan is designed to make the most of the natural surroundings, while maintaining residents’ privacy. The landscape performs like a live painting to complement the interior of the home.