Architect's House
  • Studio: ZROBIM architects
  • Architects: Andrus Bezdar
  • Video: Alexander Bugay
  • Location: Matski v., Minsk district, Belarus
  • Area: 157 m2
  • Year: 2023
  • Year of design: 2020
  • Category: Private house

Project description

In the heart of the house rests an atrium with a living nut tree.
A life form within the concrete. It changes according to the seasons and you live with it through all the changes observing the cycles of nature.

Moreover, the tree is visible from all rooms of the house. It is around the atrium that the layout of the house was drawn up, which here is disclosed, i.e. free: it allows you to move around the house in different ways without the use of traditional corridors. Room ceiling heights are proportional to their area. Therefore, in the hallways and corridors the ceiling height is 2.5 m and the ceiling is white in color to expand the space. In the living areas, the ceiling height is 3 m and it is made of fine wooden planks, which were made individually and are removable for access to hidden communications.

Having thoroughly considered light orientation and thermal engineering in the process of designing the house, a large front of panoramic glazing (65% of the wall area) is located along the south-west façade. Most of the glazing looks out onto the stunning nature scenery that was integrated together with the building. Thus, the interior offers beautiful views of the pond, bridge and landscape sculptures. The north façade of the house is completely blank, which reduces heat loss from the shady side. Since the sun is the source of passive heating of the building, the floor and internal partitions are made of solid concrete, which improves the thermal inertia of the half-timbered house and the microclimate inside it.

The monochromatic color scheme is complemented by a natural palette of materials: the natural color of wood in the ceiling and furniture, monolithic arch concrete and polished metal. At the same time, 95% of the furniture and lighting are custom solutions, made according to the individual sketches of the owner of the house. Hence, the interior fully reflects the needs and character of its owner and forms an impression of expensive natural minimalism. With such symbiosis of harmony with nature, innovation, and exclusive design, the Matski House not only amazes but also becomes a manual for creating a functional and aesthetic space.

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