On an empty plot amongst abutting properties, Russia-based Niko Architect created a home that feels private—without completely shuttering it away from the light of day. Vegetation blankets the home’s concrete form, and its walls sweep upwards and outwards to become roofs—nary a rectilinear line in sight. Molded floor-to-ceiling windows curve to grant panoramic views of the entirety of the backyard and swimming pool.
"The landscape flows into the building—and the building into the landscape," says Niko Architect. "It is enhanced by a green roof, on which a garden with woody and herbaceous plants and an artificial relief is organized."
Since only the rear facade has windows, Niko Architect implemented amoeba-shaped skylights that poke out above the rooftop garden. Each is aimed along the sun’s trajectory to maximize ambient lighting.
A smattering of windows above the downstairs living area are angled to scoop up sunlight, which they cast down onto the conversation pit, dining room, and viewing area at different times of day. The other living area—a viewing deck across the courtyard and upstairs—has three windows situated to catch light in the afternoon and evening.
The curved, white walls and vaulted ceilings meet black, striated marble floors for a museum-like atmosphere. Throughout the home’s nearly 3,000 square feet, various sculptures and furnishings take new forms as they are bathed in shifting daylight.
At the home’s entrance, a wide-mouthed, asymmetrical carport hangs open behind a fence guarding the property. From there, grand stairs flank the overgrown facade like arms, leading down living pathways to the secluded backyard. "It is interconnected with the environment, a being of organic architecture," says Niko Architect.
Architect of Record: Niko Architect
Landscape Firm: Ecopochva
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