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Memorable Melnikov House

Konstantin Melnikov is one of the most famous architects in the history of Russia. His innovative ideas and creative style when it came to architecture was way ahead of its time. Melanikov’s refusal to conform to the Stalinist architectural demands saw him leave his passion for architecture, and rather pursue work as a teacher and painter for the remainder of his life. After his death in 1974, his heirs worked on opening the Melnikov House Museum to honor the life and mind of this extraordinary architect and to preserve his masterpieces for future generations.

Melnikov was at the forefront of the avant-garde faction, and worked as an architect between the years of 1923 and 1933. He designed and constructed buildings without boundaries, not confined to the normal architectural styles and not following the footsteps of other architects. The building that has been known as Melnikov’s House, and now houses the museum, was constructed between 1927 and 1929. It is today looked upon as one of the most iconic structures in Russia. It is truly a masterpiece of architectural wonder and was revolutionary for its time. The building, however, is in danger, as ongoing construction nearby seems to be affecting this wonderful historical structure. Maintaining its integrity and stability is very important, thus the Russian Avant-Guard Heritage Preservation Foundation is working tirelessly to save the structure. The museum has a basement and two floors above that and covers an area of 257 square meters. The structure itself, two cylindrical towers that intersect, was constructed from bricks, with its ceilings and floors being made from wood. Hexagonal windows were added to complete the structure.

The reason behind Melnikov House being in danger, is the fact that Melnikov had very limited supplies of wood and brick to work with. He therefore designed the structure with a honeycomb of brickwork. The glazed windows were used to fill some of the spaces, but other areas were filled with scrap and clay. The rooms of the Melnikov House are extremely large and spacious, but the ceilings have no columns for support, making the structure somewhat unstable with construction work going on around it. The house also still contains various personal belonging and Melnikov’s archives. This visionary building however, is still a wonder to view and a very popular architectural attraction in Moscow.


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