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This house of artists preserves flora and fauna around it

| 23 : 00 – 18 February 2019 |

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A house for artists in Roschino designed by Chvoya Architects seeks to preserve the flora and fauna around the residence.

With exteriors clad in charred wood, the narrow volume of residential block is located at the edge of a settlement near a forest near Roschino in Russia. Measuring 5.5 meters in width, the ground floor has living, dining, bedroom spaces apart from a studio separated by a porch.

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Clad in charred wooden planks

The bedrooms have a mezzanine floors adding up extra sleeping space with glazed windows providing picturesque views of the exteriors. The protruded form above the master bedroom holds a quiet space for meditation and yoga. The expansive windows in the living and dining space create a visual connection of the interiors with the exteriors.

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The windows open up to picturesque forest

From the Architects –

This is a house for the family of two artists in Roschino, sixty kilometres from Saint-Petersburg. The house is located on the edge of a settlement, just by the forest. The plot is a bit sloped, it is completely covered with conifer trees forest and has two anthills on it. The position and dimensions of the building are predefined by the environment. A long narrow volume of the house is placed in such a way that it preserves all the flora and fauna of the site.

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Windows on northern face capture the natural light

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Floor plan – Ground + Mezzanine floor


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Covered porch and living, dining spaces within the residence


View from the kitchen-dining space

The house is 30 X 5.5 meters in size. It consists of a studio and a residential part separated by a transit porch. The residential part consists of an entrance area, a kitchen-living-dining area, two bedrooms for children and guests and a master bedroom. Sleeping places in small rooms are located on the mezzanine. Above the master bedroom, in an only protrusion, there is a space for yogic meditation.

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Living space

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Stairs to mezzanine level sleeping space

Following the plot’s slope, the floor level rises from the workshop to the bedrooms, while the roof level is set constant. The roof slopes to the south, so as to provide northern exposure to mezzanines in the bedrooms and the studio. Exterior of the house is faced with carbonized wooden planks.

Floor level rises from studio to the other end

Covered porch connecting studio and residence

Project details –


Project Name – House in Roschino

Location –  Roschino, Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia (60.248555, 29.560778)

Architect Firm – AB CHVOYA |

Design team – Sergey Aksenov, George Snezhkin, Ilya Spiridonov, Ekaterina Rostova

Project type – Residence, Family house

Photography  – © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov

Completion Year – 2018

Construction Area – 159 sq. m.

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