SAOTA Silver Pine a house in a pine forest in Moscow


Silver pine is a contemporary house in Moscow, built on an island in the Moskva River. The first project of the South African architecture studio SAOTA in Russia, the house reconsiders the relationship between interior and exterior characterizing a house that must withstand the severe winter temperatures of the Russian capital. The use of high-performance insulating materials allows architects to design Silver pine with large windows ensuring that all rooms in the house enjoy a deep relationship with their natural surroundings, especially the pine forest in which the house is built. The architects thus achieve the dual objective of taking advantage of the rare presence of a natural pine forest so close to the city center of Moscow, while creating a contemporary house design that interacts harmoniously with its environment and local tradition.

The presence of trees guided the architects of SAOTA determining the orientation of the house, creating comfortable spaces in which to enjoy the view to the outside while obtaining the best possible natural light during the dark winter months. On the street side, the house features a monolithic facade marking the transition between the public and private spheres, a contemporary interpretation of the city’s monolithic architecture with its iconic backlit bronze cladding offering a taste of the house’s luxurious and bright interiors. . On the opposite wall, facing the garden, the architecture is more fragmented, creating courtyards and spaces connected with the outside; thus architects design spaces that appreciate a deep relationship with the landscape, encouraging the interaction between interior and exterior, so that the presence of greenery is fully appreciated and the house marks a change away from heavy structures and monolithic from the local building tradition.

Silver Pine has warm and cozy spaces in winter, but also outdoor spaces to get closer to nature in summer. To take advantage of this exceptional relationship with the greenery and the hundred-year-old trees of the pine forest, the architects of SAOTA cover the house with silver gray metal panels that highlight its colors while providing the ideal protective shell for the warm and lively interior. Every little detail has been designed with great care and craftsmanship, creating constant cross references between interior and exterior, such as in the metal frame around the TV reminiscent of the entrance to the house. The concept of interior design is to ARRCC, developed and implemented by Moscow Interior Design Max Kasymov, who also handled all aspects of the construction site and even the design and production of a number of furniture in addition to those provided by OKHA.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of SAOTA, photo by Sergey Ananiev


Project name: Silver pine
Location: Moscow, Russia
Main designers: SAOTA
SAOTA project team: Greg Truen, Roxanne Kaye and Philippe Raffner
Interior architecture: ARRCC
Interior decorator: Max Kasymov & ARRCC
Project manager: Troy Advisory LLP.
Electrical Engineer: Alexander Boenich
Quantity controller: Alexander Stroikov
Entrepreneur: Alexander Stroikov
Landscaping: Landscaping Klukva
Lighting designer: Kseniya Rudkovskaya
Custom furniture: Max Kasymov & OKHA
Interior styling: Natasha Onufreichuk
Photographer: Sergei Ananiev
Copy by Graham Wood


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