Moscow, Russia

The 16ha site is characterised by a swathe of evergreen pine trees along a steep escarpment that overlooks the flood plain of the River Moskva some twenty metres below: a site rich in diversity yet subject to the harsh winters of the region. The design intent was to balance the careful retention and exploitation of the site’s natural features with the introduction of contemporary design interventions or overlay for the buildings and landscape.

The villa is located at the crest of a slope looking west over the flood plain. A series of ‘wings’ clustered around a central courtyard and internal gallery space contain desired levels of discretion and interaction, seeking to match views and solar orientation appropriately to the room uses. The position, outlook and arrangement of the various other buildings and functions on the estate are an iterative exchange of ideas of geometry, scale and materials. Arrival by car is along a formal tree-lined avenue. An alternative meandering road permits access through the forest via an escarpment ‘bowl’ to a second house, landscape and river. Arrival by air would reveal the full scale and beauty of the site and the contrast between the natural landscape and the modern overlay.


Services Engineer
Max Fordham
Landscape Architect


Moscow, Russia