Narrow house – boundless creativity within physical borders

Year: 2021

Area: 240 sqm

Location: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Team: Alexandrin Buraga, Marco Ballerini, Sergiu Sim, Vlad Mbala

Architectural Concept: AB + Partners

Narrow house is a residential architecture project that was a challenge from the point of view of dimensions. The land lot on which the house had to be designed is a rectangle whose modest length required an extreme adaptation of the building. Thus, one of the sides of the house is only 6 meters long, the other having 25 meters. This narrow dwelling has 3 levels: basement, ground floor and first floor. At the same time we designed a partially exploitable roof. Taking into account the neighbourhoods, the large windows, which provide the essential light flow for all premises, were placed on the short side of the house.

The same challenge of dimensions was an impetus for a meticulous planimetry. The ground floor was reserved for two important areas: the day one and the matrimonial one, each of them being provided with large windows. Upstairs we have bedrooms and a living area which, despite the narrow shape of the building, have enough light due to the opening to the inner courtyard. At the same time we ensured a rational zoning outside, so we equipped the yard with parking lots, but also with a swimming pool.

From a stylistic point of view, we opted for minimalism. However, we have created a complex structure. The project is a volumetric play of massive shapes. Console ends, the inner courtyard and the roof terrace are the three elements that divert the design project from a regular geometry. Contemporary minimalism was also emphasized chromatically. We opted for white and anthracite colour range. The concept was warmed by the structure of wood with which the terraces and the inner courtyard are paved.

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