N.N. – RESIDENCE NEAR MOSCOW
The landscape along the Moskva River features a topography that blends living spaces and nature.
N.N. – residence near Moscow
2014 – 2019
n.n., a private family residence located in a rural area along the Moskva, represents a spatial exploration between concealment and exposure. This layered topography blurs the line separating landscape and construction. The geometry of the floor plan fuses the building with the plot by removing individual layers and creates spaces between levels. A cross-section shows a rich variance between the floors, and the internal links and gradual transitions toward the outside develop open layers for a flexible and programmatic organization of space. The ambivalence of privacy and openness takes shape between gentle hills and closed air spaces. By way of the building’s cantilevered and curved stories, a wide range of transitions is formed between inside and outside, featuring constructed nature like climbing walls and pools, designed gardens and landscaped areas, as well as untouched nature.
The distance from the river is maintained and protected by the natural water reservoir. The landscaped roofs and dense floors create a better interior climate by way of surface evaporation and heat buffer capacities for heating and cooling. The glazed façade around the entire building allows daylight to flood into the building and interlinks the interior with the garden. The entire topography of the plot is arranged as a half-pipe, so that it rises at the edges of the plot hiding the view of the neighbors. The family’s private rooms are located deep inside the building and remain undisclosed.
The bedrooms on the upper floors have direct access to the garden via the ramp-like green roofs. The undulating edges of the building create a soft transition between architecture and nature.
n.n.’s topography of privacy melts into the patterns of the rural landscape. Its edges are fuzzy, blurry, undulated fringes peeling off from the ground. It is camouflaged from the air and is an extravagant neighbor on the ground.
Partner in charge:
Jürgen Mayer H.
Bart van den Hoven
Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn
Architect on site: Alexander Erman architecture & design
Landscape Architects: Mikhail Kozlov
Planting design: Natureform
Landscape lighting design: Anna Kharchenkova
Fountains and artificial ponds enginerring: Green Brothers
Structural deisgn landscape elements: Arkont
Architizer A+ Award 2020, jury winner
International Architecture Award 2020, winner