villa domes

area: 175project year: 2021completion year: 2022photographers: etalpmet, oleg bajuralead architects: maxim calujacproject team: alina ocuneva, irina dubinschi, iurie platon, anatoliy slesenco,  andrei guruleamanufacturers: dmitrii duca,  via-profi, still ferroartists:  pon arsher, valentina arcadi

Villa Domes is situated in a small holiday village near Chisinau, Moldova, and is designed for a family of four. It features an area for leisure and a green zone. The leisure area includes a terrace, a pool, and a hearth, which is visually connected to the living room through large windows. The green zone is a garden that provides a comfortable place for children to play in the summer, and it becomes an integral element of the interior through the windows.
The main focus of the building is the entrance, which features a floating volume of the concrete portal with a constructive function, providing overall rigidity and softening the metal frame of the house. The sculptural form of the concrete emphasizes the conciseness of the planning solution and the simplicity of the corten steel facade. The truncated pyramid domes of the roof play a critical role in the three-dimensional solution, serving as light lanterns, revealing the rhythm and solidity of the structure, and forming a voluminous, bright space.
The interior walls of all residential areas are covered with wooden panels, creating a contrasting effect with the large cold glazing, which increases the perception of space and comfort. The architect designed all the furniture using materials from the decoration of the walls, allowing the furniture to dissolve into the interior and not stand out. The accent pieces are paintings and sculptures that bring dynamics and contrast to the calm interior of the house.
The planning solution is centric, and the entire layout develops from the living room, which serves as the central point for all interconnections, eliminating the need for corridors. The bedrooms face the southeast garden, and the technical and utility rooms are located closer to the road, while the master zone is in the garden in the back of the yard.
Despite the small area of the site, Villa Domes gives a sense of proximity to nature, as it feels like a "living" canvas framed in windows. While the building contrasts with the surrounding area, the materials used - corten steel, wood, and concrete - change and mature over time.
The smooth lines of the architectural solution, the conciseness of the interior space, and the lightness of the landscape all integrate the villa into the natural environment and act as the basis for human interaction with the space and the building.