German design studio 4a Architekten delivered a refreshing, modern facelift to a Moscow house built in the 1990s, turning the former dwelling into a bright and contemporary residence. The architects used a reductionist approach to stress spaciousness while keeping the original building structure intact.
4a Architekten mixed the old with the new at House N by preserving the original architecture and roof lines while introducing a new glazed glass facade that wraps around the building. A new steel front ramp completes the eye-catching upgrade, dividing the house into a palette of cool grays, glass, and white.
The most radical transformations took place within the 3,700 square-foot house, where non-supporting walls were removed to create a flexible, open-plan layout with high ceilings. This feeling of spaciousness is strengthened by the addition of bright white plastered walls and abundant natural light that pours into the house from two-story tall windows. By reducing the original material palette to just four main materials–oak floorboards, steel, glass and wood—the architects were able to give the house a cleaner and more focused character.
A fireplace and kitchen form the focal point of the house, and a sleek spiral staircase connects the lower living areas to the upper level bedrooms. Offering sweeping views of the gardens, the tall glass facade creates the illusion that the outdoor landscape is an extension of the house.
Images via Dmitry Chebanenko