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10 Contemporary Homes That Showcase Russian Architecture

In today’s modern and news-savvy world, brand Russia is in a downward spiral. Yet despite its non-egalitarian standpoint on many issues, Russia has often maintained an open-minded outlook on its varied architecture: from contemporary homes to brutalist facades and imposing palaces to the tightly-packed Khrushchyovka (originally well-intentioned, these mass standardized housing projects were erected to deal with housing shortages and overcrowded cities in what was the former Soviet Union).

Russia has witnessed a burgeoning of architecturally designed contemporary homes by Russian architects, their presence symbolizing both a level of progress and the growing disparity between those who are well off and those in need. Setting aside socio-economics (this picture is after all repeated across the world), Russia’s progress has enabled many new architectural firms to flourish.

Budding European Flavor

There are numerous projects showcasing a remarkable array of contemporary architectural structures that place an emphasis on aesthetic design, functionality and longevity. The minimal perspective, evident clean lines and use of natural materials are at variance with the brutal, abstract and formidable forms of Soviet Modernism. This fresh contemporary architecture has arguably more of a European quality and style.

The examples of contemporary Russian architecture shown below, both single houses and apartments, are crafted with meticulous flair, skilfully framing both landscape and space. Their pristine arrangement and sense of innocence conjures up the notion of a line in the sand, where old Russia is left behind and new Russia is forging ahead. That said, those buildings from the old Russia are unique to its history and heritage, their often modern and brutal abstraction emblematic of a fascinating architectural chapter that doubtless influences what we see today.

F House

Located in Moscow. Designed by Studio .

Images courtesy of Arch4 via .

T House

Located in Moscow. Designed by Studio .

Images courtesy of Arch4 via .

Gorki House

Located in Moscow. Designed by .

Images © Yuri Palmin via .

Private Development

A private development of nine houses in the Moscow region. Designed by .

Private home in Moscow by by Mossine Partners

Images © Mossine Partners.

Nezhinskaya Apartment Interior

Located in the west of Moscow. Designed by .

Images © za bor architects.

Dubrovka Apartment Interior

Located in Moscow. Designed by Peter Zaytsev of for his family.

Lovely kitchen of Moscow apartment by Peter Zaytsev of za bor architects

Plush bedroom in white is connected with the living area

Images © za bor architects.

House of Mr. R.

Located in Moscow. Designed by .

Contemporary exterior of House of Mr. R in Moscow

Concrete facade brings modern vibe to the comfy home

Images © za bor architects.

House in the Hill

Located in the Moscow region. Designed by .

Cantilevered home structure creates a cool entrance

House in the Hill by za bor architects

Images © za bor architects.

Mirror Mongayt

Located in Moscow. Designed by .

Image © BERNASKONI.

Photo by Yuri Palmin via .

Smolenka “Oak Tube” Apartment

Located in Moscow. Designed by .

Images © Zinon Razutdinov via .

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