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).
A home that combines the historical past of with a modern lifestyle was designed by Bates Masi Architects to meet the needs of a young couple and their growing family. It is the potato barns in the region that offered the template for this lovely fusion of past and present as the exterior of the home borrows from their classic design.
Despite its charismatic use of matte orange and varying shades of blue the living area feels exquisite and visually balanced. Contemporary décor such as the plush couch in gray sculptural coffee tables and colorful accessories give the 900-square-meter residence a fabulous family zone.
Large glass doors and windows on the lower level connect the large open plan living area with the landscape outside even as the wooden deck and pool area become an extension of the interior. A lovely bookcase adds color to the cultured living room where décor and accessories are kept to a bare minimum.
A large wall-to-wall bookcase in the living area ends up becoming the focal point of the social zone and also adds plenty of color while the all-white dining space and the black and white kitchen strictly stay away from brighter hues.