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n.n. Residence near Moscow, Russia by J. Mayer H

Designed by berlin-based architecture studio J. Mayer H, n.n. Residence is a single-family home with green roof located on an expansive site outside of Moscow, Russia

Architect's statement: n.n. represents a spatial exploration between concealment and exposure. This layered topography blurs the line separating landscape and construction. It is the private residence of a family in a rural area along the River Moskva. The geometry of the floor plan fuses the building with the ground it is located on by removing individual layers and creates spaces between the strata. A cross-section shows a rich variance between the floors, and the internal links and gradual transitions toward 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. By way of the building’s cantilevered and curved stories, a very wide range of transitions is formed between inside and outside, featuring constructed nature like climbing walls and pools, designed gardens and landscaped areas, as well as untouched nature.

n.n. Residence near Moscow, Russia by J. Mayer Himage © Ilya Ivanov

The distance from the river is observed and protected by the natural water reservoir. The greened roofs and dense floors create a better interior climate by way of surface evaporation and heat buffer capacities for heating and cooling. The glazed façade around the entire building brings a great deal of daylight into the building and interlinks 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 undisclosed. 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.

organic house in Moscow near river with green roof image © Ilya Ivanov

n.n.´s topography of privacy melts into the patterns of the rural landscape. Its edges are fuzzy, blurry, undulated fringes peeling off from the ground. It is camouflage from the air and an extravagant neighbor on the ground.

an organic house with green roof near river Moskva image © Ilya Ivanov

green home surrounded with rural landscape on a riverside in russia image © Ilya Ivanov

home with cantilevered roof surrounded with green nature image © Ilya Ivanov

green plants grown on the roof of the house image © Ilya Ivanov

house with organic shape and green plants grow on the roof image © Ilya Ivanov

green landscape image © Ilya Ivanov

river pond with plants image © Ilya Ivanov

building facade image © Ilya Ivanov

facade of the building with curvy shapes made of metal image © Ilya Ivanov

house surrounded with green trees and lavender flowers image © Ilya Ivanov

n.n. Residence near Moscow, Russia by J. Mayer Himage © Ilya Ivanov

garden design with ponds and trees image © Ilya Ivanov

concert wall at garden image © Ilya Ivanov

pine tree surrounded the house image © Ilya Ivanov

dried plants image © Ilya Ivanov

sun light hits the dries plants image © Ilya Ivanov

house on a hill with large pine tree image © Ilya Ivanov

building facade with curvy metals image © Ilya Ivanov

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Project name: n.n. Residence

Architecture firm: J. Mayer H und Partner, Architekten mbB

Location: near Moscow, Russia

Total floor area: 5,300 m²

Completion year: 2019 

Partner in charge: Jürgen Mayer H.

Project architect:  Max Margorskyi

Project 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

Planting design: Natureform

Landscape lighting design: Anna Kharchenkova

Fountains and artificial ponds engineering: Green Brothers

Structural design landscape elements: Arkont

Photography: Ilya Ivanov

Client: n.n. 

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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