- Architecture & development
Russian architect Art Babayants, who already appeared in Imagicasa's October issue, has designed a new project in his signature style, cosy minimalism. It is a guesthouse characterised by shades of grey, large glass walls and a striking, static structure.
The project is called Art Eco and is located in a village not far from Moscow. Art Eco is surrounded by a large pine forest and lies in proximity to a lake. Naturally, nature plays an important role in the experience of the house. It is integrated as much as possible by means of large glass walls and vertical lamps that reflect the trunks of the surrounding trees.
The textures are notably natural and imperfect like the nature surrounding the house.
An important element in the design is the use of textures such as glass, metal, textile, stone and wood. These are notably natural and imperfect like the nature surrounding the house. The strict character of Art Eco's striking structure is softened by the natural textures and materials. Babayants worked as much as possible with handmade objects because they are carefully crafted and therefore come to life. img The client is a big fan of the work of Tadao Ando, the renowned Japanese contemporary architect. Ando's designs are minimalist and direct. This fits perfectly into Babayants' style, who was happy to let himself be inspired by the Japanese icon and describes this project as followes: ‘The ideal conditions coincide: the customer's vision, a magical location, expressive designs, shape and the ability to make an honest architecture, as much as possible and without compromise.’ Art Babayants clearly enjoyed the design process of Art Eco and this translates into the result. The house is a beautiful example of strong minimalism with natural textures. Images courtesy of Artem Babayants Architects