In the villa community of “Okolitsa” on the outskirts of Moscow, Kerimov Architects has designed a conceptual luxury home with a total area of over 16,000 square feet. Set inside a forested landscape, the House in Okolitsa takes inspiration from the site’s complex topography for its rhythmic architecture that resembles a series of terraces. The Moscow-based architects designed the home with a natural materials palette to help blend the large-scale building into its surroundings.

Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos
two-story stone home with flat roof

House in Okolitsa includes an expansive ground floor with multiple cutouts for outdoor gardens and full-height glazing to blur the boundaries between indoors and out. “In order to integrate the house into the environment, we have separated each volume with atriums, which ensures the privacy of individual zones and forms interconnected relations between the exterior and the interior, landscape and architecture,” the architects explained in a project statement.

Related: Zaha Hadid unveils futuristic designs for “New Moscow”

black and gray home with spacious yard
rendering of gardens next to wood patio

The atriums and outdoor gardens separate the home’s functions into a series of blocks that include a spacious great room near the heart of the home; recreational areas such as the playroom and yoga room; and various sleeping zones from the primary bedroom on the west side of the home to a trio of children’s bedrooms to the east with a guest bedroom wing in between. A smaller second floor houses a second primary bedroom, storage and a spa. Outdoor terraces extend the living spaces to the outdoors. A three-car garage and staff facilities are also included in the floorplan.

rendering of recessed fire pit on a patio
two-story home surrounded by trees at night

The House in Okolitsa will feature a natural materials palette of brick, tiles, thermal decking, stone and metal. All materials will be left to naturally age and develop a patina over time. “The use of only natural materials, in our opinion, is important for the house to change over time and stay relevant to correlate with the changing natural context,” the architects said. 

+ Kerimov Architects

Images via Kerimov Architects