The house includes living space for the client, a guest apartment and a private gallery. A loose take on a classic room layout creates an interesting interplay of orthogonal rooms with polygon open spaces. The inner rooms are deliberately minimalist, serving as a backdrop for exhibiting works of art. The ground floor is made of textured concrete, while the upper floor features smooth running concrete interspersed by two panorama windows. The fluctuating folds of the chrome steel curtains create appealing lighting effects. Continue reading 06 Think architecture
Skolkovo is a private initiative backed by the Russian government for a new urban community 16 km west of Moscow. Christened after a nearby village, the new settlement will occupy an area of 4.8 km2. At present, the locality is covered mainly by fields, meadows and woodland, dotted with industrial and derelict sites from the Soviet era. It is traversed by motorways, including the main traffic artery to Minsk. Skolkovo is the extremely ambitious and duly publicized attempt to build a new district that – unlike the erstwhile Soviet satellite towns – offers inherent urban quality through a vibrant mix of uses. No less important is the aim of creating a globally reputed centre for innovative twenty-first century technology, embracing the research, production, administrative and even headquarter facilities of new companies, as well as schools, institutes and a university. Continue reading 07 Herzog & de Meuron
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