Outside of Moscow in the Pushkin district Russian architect Alexey Ilyin has built a home for himself and his family. The cottage is made entirely of wood, and the natural self-sufficiency of this material became one of the key themes of the design.
Under the overhang on the main facade, the completely blank wooden surfaces are visually striking creating a feeling of a totally introverted volume.
The themes of a monochrome design for the façade and the openness / closeness was meticulously developed by Alexey Ilyin, there is no cabinet furniture, only built in, serving as a visual continuation of the walls. This technique allowed for the even quite modest in size bedrooms to appear spacious, while emphasizing to the best effect the dimensions of the living room and studio. As for the interior’s palette, the colours in all the rooms is the same gray (only a few shades lighter than the one used for the facades), working as a perfect backdrop for the rare colored accents, such as the orange couch or the yellow flowerpot.
all images © Dmitry Chebanenko