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).
Hellerup Manor House is home to numerous pieces designed by Wegner’s expert hand including prototypes and samples that he developed jointly with Holger Hansen Knud Erik Hansen’s father.
Stacked wood that sits next to the fireplace adds texture to the interior while artwork such as the yellow Pixel Deer by Jihoon Choi gives the living area a fun casual vibe. The dining area next to the living space features a custom square dining table crafted using reclaimed wood and the kitchen also epitomizes this ‘salvaged’ approach with unique metal bar stools.
Glass walls windows and a new extension that contains the rejuvenating bathroom are crafted to bring in ample ventilation and connect the living zone and family area with the lush green landscape outdoors. The courtyard plays a pivotal role in shaping the overall ambiance of the villa as the outdoor dining room/hangout seems like a natural extension of the classy kitchen with pass-through windows.
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.