Zhukovka XXI – Russia by UNK Project

A sprawling contemporary dream home, Zhukovka XXI is located in Russia and was designed by UNK Project. The 8,900 square foot structure boasts light, texture and a subdued palette, becoming a stunning portrayal of minimalist opulence.

The building itself is comprised of stone blocks interrupted by a series of glazed vertical panels. Steel rod installations frame various trees and garden areas, resembling what one may see at a grand monument. A substantial carpet of grass injects a dose of color and softness into the setting.

The gorgeous stonework is continued inside as walls, although plentiful glass partitions also separate these vast spaces. The main living room is double-height, accentuated by full-volume windows dressed with sheer draperies and mirrored wall. Warming the luxurious interiors are medium-wood ceilings and floors, which elegantly contrast the white linen furnishings. The palette is kept neutral with earthy taupes and cool greys adding an understated richness.

The adjacent dining room can be viewed from the living area and as one enters, the ceiling lowers and the vibe is a bit more intimate despite the large plan. The kitchen’s workspace and appliances are absolutely hidden behind a hulking concrete island and cabinetry along the rear wall.  A large wood dining table is embraced by curved leather chairs, with a duet of pendants with “disconnected”  disks hovering above. This pattern is a subtle reference to the outdoor courtyard which features a circular roof cut-out where a tree gently pierces through it–always a fresh architectural approach to enhancing nature!

Two wooden staircases fit between stone walls and lead to the second floor which features a split bedroom plan. An angled ceiling panel of skylights illuminates both the stairwells and these private areas casting plentiful natural light. The master suite is graceful with billowy sheers upon the windows, dim lighting and soft white bedding. The bathroom is sleek, wrapped in smooth stone with rectangular basins, vanity and soaking tub.

Geometrical in nature, Zhukovka XXI may become the new standard of contemporary dream home design, tempering lavishness with a dose of simplicity.

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