Architect's House
  • Studio: ZROBIM architects
  • Architects: Andrus Bezdar
  • Video: Alexander Bugay
  • Location: v. Matski, Minsk district, Belarus
  • Area: 157 m2
  • Year: 2023
  • Year of design: 2019
  • Category: Residential

Project description

Free from fences, with 65% of panoramic glazing, no inside doors, this house is the manifest of exposed brave life on stage, which is fairly unique at this latitude, a modern vision of fachwerk technology and traditional downshifting living.

Moving away from the usual sloping roof and massive beams a non-obvious solution has been found: the grid of panels has been filled with frameless glazing, hiding the frame columns behind, i.e. not shown on the outside of the building. Such absence of visible elements of the supporting frame of the stained glass makes the surface a continuous flat surface without seams. Together with the complex terrace system, such a trick has made it possible to blur the boundaries between interior and exterior making you feel you're truly in the wild.

The architect's commitment to a unique and experimental approach is underscored by several challenges that the owner encountered and successfully addressed:
Firstly, the property originally contained a landfill, which the owner ingeniously transformed into two inviting artificial ponds. This transformation not only added aesthetic value but also contributed to the neighborhood's revitalization. Furthermore, the architect's respect for the surrounding context is evident in his design. He leveraged a significant difference in site elevation, resulting in a remarkable cantilevered house that extends 4.5 meters over the edge. This daring architectural feat adds a distinct and adventurous character to the structure. In an effort to harmonize with the environment, the owner also intends to plant crops on the roof of the house. To support this green initiative, all necessary technical equipment has been integrated into the roof space. This not only maximizes the use of available space but also showcases the owner's dedication to sustainable living and experimentation.

Best Residential Architecture Design Project 2023 (Eastern Europe). Build Architecture Awards 2023.


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