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Wright-inspired home has trees growing through the roof

Moscow-based firm Kerimov Architects has crafted a custom, luxury home for a new villa community in Repino, Leningrad that follows Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture by knitting the built environment into the natural landscape. Dubbed the House in Repino, the project, which is still in the design phase, will include nearly 11,000 square feet of living space and focus on minimizing the removal of existing trees. Created to complement a forested landscape, the house will feature a natural materials palette and allow some of the trees to grow through the roof.

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The conceptual project is proposed for a community in Repino, an area northwest of St. Petersburg on the edge of the Gulf of Finland with a forested environment. To keep the natural landscape intact as much as possible, the villa community has required that all residences be designed in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, a stipulation that Kerimov Architects has let guide its design process. 

Related: Former railway yard to receive a green transformation in St. Petersburg

trees growing around wood and stone home
wood and stone home with large windows and flat roof

“The house is well integrated into the landscape, practically dissolving into it,” the firm explained. “We’ll try to preserve as many existing trees as possible; some of them will go through the canopies to create a unique rhythm and build a strong relationship between architecture and nature.” The expansive home will be built with a natural materials palette of stone, wood and metal that complements the local environment. The materials will also be encouraged to develop a patina to help blend the home into the landscape over time.

sauna enclosed in glass that connects to outdoor patio
trees growing through opening in a home's roof

To strengthen the connection with nature, the architects have emphasized indoor/outdoor living throughout with the creation of individual terraces for every room, from the primary bedroom and two children’s bedrooms to the spa with a swimming pool, hammam (a Turkish bath) and sauna. The house is organized around a central living space that serves as the “main square” from where all circulation passes through. The site will also include a guest block comprising two guest bedrooms along with a garage housing staff rooms and a workshop.

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