Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

A Striking Wood House Emerges from the Russian Forest


It's from the cold, gray forests of Russia that architect Aleksandr Zhidkov drew inspiration for this residence in rainy Polivanovo, just outside Moscow. Plenty of wood and a monochromatic color palette help create a cozy home that's reflective of its surrounding environment.

Though the house sits cozily at the back of a birch forest clearing, Zhidkov says no trees were cut during construction.
Larch timber planks make up the reddish-gray facade and also adorn the interior walls and floor.
The house has two distinct volumes.
"The interior design is restrained, sometimes minimalist, but very expressive," Zhidkov says.
Gray bricks contribute to the house’s soothing, quiet mood.
A built-in larch bookshelf occupies an entire wall on the second floor den.
The house may be large at 5,382 square feet, but its extensive glazing makes it appear weightless.
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