Architectural walks: excursion to the Melnikov House

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Our regular author architect Kira Shayeva went on an excursion to the Melnikov House and shared her impressions with ELLE DECORATION readers

August 24, 2022Kira Shaeva Kira Shaevaarchitecture and interior design

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Architectural walks: excursion to the Melnikov HouseView of the Melnikov House from the garden.

Melnikov's house is so small and not obvious from the alley, but it has some amazing property to draw in, lure inside. On the example of the entrance to the courtyard of the house, we see one of the author’s favorite tricks: the diagonal is the longest trajectory, it is also the most convenient for organizing the entrance. The entrance to the house itself is also diagonal, swift, addictive.

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The project of the house-workshop. Axonometry, 1927-1929.

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First we get into the space of the hall , after, through an amazing door that works on three zones, & nbsp; – to the stairs leading to the second floor, or to the dining area. In winter, this door separates the hall from the rest of the premises. 

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It is strange to see antique furniture in the house, in these visually clean spaces of uneven geometric shape. These armchairs with carved backs, the iconostasis – by the way, wedding candles from the wedding of Konstantin Melnikov and his wife have been preserved here; brutal table, buffet, paintings. It's strange and natural at the same time. He designed the house, she did the decorating. He designed life, she lived in this life.

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The thoughtfulness of engineering and design ideas is striking. Here is a glass curtain that works as a hood in the kitchen, and access to the cellar directly from the kitchen (a prototype of a refrigerator located right in the outer wall!), And access from the garden – to the kitchen – so you can throw heavy vegetables straight onto the kitchen table, and the ability to throw garbage down into the cellar… This and much more demonstrates that more than one day was spent organizing the space of the famous architect's house!

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The kitchen itself is irregular in its geometry, but at the same time cozy, bright, narrow, but dynamic. Small office. Two children's rooms with bright triangles on the ceiling. Pink bedroom. 

The bedroom on the first floor, as it were, hints at painting the second floor – it is also painted pink. A huge stained-glass window adds to this shade of coldness and freshness on a cloudy day. The stained-glass window seems even larger if you look at the small hexagonal window located to the right of it. This window appears to have been retained to bring morning light into the workshop -it faces east.

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The bedroom area – yellowish-mustard, rounded shapes, one for all at once – for Konstantin, and for his wife, and for two children – strikes with its calmness, regularity, time seems to be frozen here. Sarcophagus beds with lion feet stand like boats rising above the floor. A huge mirror hides the secrets of those who looked into it. There are paintings nearby: sketches, sketches, finished canvases of the very interior where you are. You stand and understand how amazing the time was when people lived in such an original, interesting, enthusiastic way. At this time, you are a guest today: interested, curious. /08/48fbd871a5b18e733df07b1d56bdf5ae.jpg” width=”728″ height=”914″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Architectural walks: excursion to the Melnikov House” />< img data-src="/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/e51ebc7abd6c91924d379ca27a92f66c.jpg" />Architectural walks: excursion to the Melnikov HouseArchitectural walks: excursion to the Melnikov House

The house of Konstantin Melnikov is covered, as if by a dome, with a workshop, which is pierced by several dozen acute-angled hexagonal windows. I dreamed that it would be sunny on the day of the tour, but alas, this did not happen. Even on a cloudy day, the workshop was bright enough and very comfortable. Daylight seeped in from the windows, and the wooden floorboards creaked comfortably underfoot. From the balcony on the second floor there was a beautiful view of the workshop and the terrace of the house, of the surrounding houses, from a completely different time, of flowering fruit branches from a small garden set up nearby. Here everything froze in anticipation of their owners, who once left and did not return. Who left an interesting, incredible legacy and an aura of freedom, creativity, innovation and harmony behind. 

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