Alexander Nerovnya, an architect based out of Moscow, Russia, always looks to bring the natural and the built together into a sort of harmony. His latest project, the SOL house, continues that trend, but also subscribed to three guiding principles in its design: clean shapes, genuine and natural materials, and energy efficiency.
The most outstanding feature of the SOL house is a common one in Nerovnya’s designs. The front is a massive glass wall that is used as a mirror-like screen “that, if viewed from certain angles, could make the entire building almost invisible to the observer.” That wall is shaped like the traditional home, with a peaked roof interrupted by a chimney and two walls—though one wall has a cut out section that creates a covered porch area. There is a steel structure that holds the wall in place, but it is largely hidden to the eye, making the glass appear as if it were hanging by itself. The glass wall is intended to create a “broken-fourth-wall effect” that allows occupants to feel connected to the natural surroundings. Those surroundings are filled with lush trees that will create lush, verdant reflections in the spring and summer, but in the fall will come alive with radiant oranges and yellows.
Inside, the SOL house is one continuous area, with the exception of the master bedroom and bathroom. As the natural light comes into the home, the mood and ambience will change, making it feel like a different place throughout the day. That captured light also serves to keep the house cozy and warm. The home is done in natural colors, keeping with the second guiding principle, using wood and similar materials.
The SOL house could serve as a prototype for the community of 12 villas that the architecture firm recently announced for Bohinj lake in Slovenia. No doubt the signature use of a glass wall will feature in these houses as well.