N.N. is a private family residence in a rural area along the River Moskva designed by J.Mayer H and Partner. It represents a spatial exploration between concealment and exposure and its layered topography blurs the line between landscape and construction. The geometry of the floor plan is established by removing individual layers and creating spaces between the strata, fusing the building with the ground in a dissolution process.
Ph. Ilya Ivanov
A cross-section shows a rich variance between the floors, and the internal links and gradual transitions towards the outside develop open layers for a flexible and programmatic organization of space. The ambivalence of privacy and openness is modulated in various states between gentle hills and closed air spaces. Through the building’s cantilevered and curved stories, a wide range of transitions between the inside and the outside is formed, featuring constructed nature like climbing walls and pools, designed gardens, and landscaped areas as well as untouched nature.
The distance from the river is observed and protected by the natural water reservoir. The greened roofs and dense floors create a pleasant interior climate through surface evaporation and heat buffer capacities for heating and cooling. The glazed façade around the entire building brings a great deal of daylight in and links 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 hidden. 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 and blurry with undulated fringes peeling off from the ground. It is a camouflage from the air and an extravagant neighbor on the ground.
Ph. Ilya Ivanov
DATE: 2014-2019 / LOCATION: near Moscow, Russia / AREA: 5.300 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: residence / STATUS: built / DESIGN: J.MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten mbB/ PARTNER IN CHARGE: Jürgen Mayer H. / PROJECT ARCHITECT: Max Margorskyi/ TEAM: Bart van den Hoven, Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn, Paul Konrad, Baptiste Rouit, Gilian Shaffer / ARCHITECT ON SITE: Alexander Erman architecture & design / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Mikhail Kozlov with the participation of Tatiana Skibo, Maria Khokhlova / CONSULTANTS: Anna Kharchenkova (Landscape Lighting Design), Arkont (Structural design landscape elements), Natureform (Planting Design), Green Brothers (Fountains and artificial ponds engineering) / PHOTOS: Ilya Ivanov