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The Discover Moscow portal has prepared a selection of the most amazing houses in the capital. These are buildings with history that can be interesting subjects for photography.

For whom was the house-box built, did anyone live in the house-beehive, and which building at the end of the 19th century was called a model of tastelessness, and then recognized as an architectural monument? You can learn about this and much more by meeting with a new selection on the “Know Moscow” portal.

The portal, together with professional photographers Sergei Remizov, Elena Krizhevskaya and Dmitry Yakubov, selected 15 buildings of exotic architectural form. They not only have an interesting history, but they can also be subjects for shooting. The review includes both pre-revolutionary and Soviet buildings, as well as modern houses.

The oldest building in this collection is house of Arseny Morozov– located not far from the Kremlin, near the Arbatskaya metro station.

It was built in 1899 by the architect Viktor Mazyrin in the neo-Moorish style. The architect combined elements of Art Nouveau and eclecticism to create a vibrant exotic house. According to legend, Victor Mazyrin was inspired to build the Pena Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena) in Portugal. Twisted columns, fanciful ornamentation amazed the imagination. But at that time the house was received with hostility by the Moscow public, it was called a model of bad taste. Despite this, he is still eye-catching. In 2006, the mansion was opened after restoration; today it houses the Reception House of the Government of the Russian Federation. It is a recognized architectural monument and cultural heritage site.

“Moscow is a very diverse city in terms of architecture. Notice how eras, styles and forms coexist in each district of the capital. Thanks to this contrast, Moscow attracts not only tourists, but also artists and photographers, allowing any creative idea to be realized, “said Ksenia Vinogradova, head of the Discover Moscow project in the capital.

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Another amazing building in the city – Pertsov’s house… House-box, as if descended from the pages of Russian fairy tales, is located on Prechistenskaya embankment. The mansion was built in 1907 in the neo-Russian style for Zinaida Pertsova, the wife of the railway engineer Peter Pertsov. The decoration of the premises was luxurious: carved staircases, tiled majolica stoves, stained glass windows, bedrooms with niches and smoking rooms in an oriental style, for the decoration of which artisans from the Nizhny Novgorod province were ordered. Representatives of the creative intelligentsia lived and worked in the house. In the basement of the building there was the famous “Bat” cabaret, where the actors of the Moscow Art Theater staged skits and funny performances. Today, the building houses the Main Directorate for Servicing the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Another point for interesting shooting – restored House of Narkomfin and laundry. This complex of buildings is a monument of the avant-garde of world importance, an example of a bold architectural experiment in the style of constructivism and the embodiment of the idea of ​​collectivism.

The residential building and the first mechanical laundry in the capital were built in 1930 and 1932 by the architects Moisei Ginzburg and Ignatius Milinis for the employees of the People’s Commissariat of Finance of the USSR (Narkomfin). There are no accidental details in the buildings, the principle of functional architecture is observed, all components are thought out thoroughly. For the best restoration project and adaptation to modern use, as well as for the best organization of repair and restoration work, the objects became laureates of the Moscow Government competition “Moscow Restoration” in 2019 and 2020.

One of the most quaint houses in Moscow is hidden in the greenery of Krivoarbatsky Lane. it workshop of architect Konstantin Melnikov, built in 1929. The building is a cylinder with small diamond-shaped honeycomb windows along the entire perimeter, because of which it was called the hive house. This shape of the building provides good natural light and minimizes the surface of the walls without right angles.

Konstantin Melnikov lived here until 1974. After the death of the architect, his son, artist Viktor Melnikov, lived in the house until 2006. Now the granddaughter of Konstantin Melnikov will live there.

An unusual building is also located on Mashkova Street. Egg housewas created by the architectural bureau of Sergei Tkachenko. The building, which resembles a Faberge egg, appeared in the capital in 2002 and has become a symbol of Moscow architecture at the beginning of the 21st century. The base of the house is made up of a metal frame filled with bricks. The roof is covered with copper. The height of the ceilings on each floor is 3.2 meters, and the attic height is five meters. The house has four rooms, two kitchens, a sauna. The upper floor can be reached via a spiral staircase or a small elevator. It is now a residential building.

The most modern object of this collection can be called Dominion Tower business center… It is famous for its unique architecture. The office building was built in 2015 by Zaha Hadid, a woman architect known worldwide for her innovative designs. The façade of the seven-story building seems to be laid in uneven layers, one floor protrudes forward, while the next is shifted closer to the center. It is this structure that creates the illusion of endless movement, flowing from one level to another, similar to the Mobius strip. Depending on the time of day and the angle of view, the color of the façade panels changes. The interior of the building, with its numerous diagonal staircases directed upwards, evokes associations with a continuous stream of water.

Where Anton Chekhov hunted and Oleg Dal lived: a new online route appeared on the Discover Moscow portal“Beard”, forest and avant-garde house. A route along Shchukin appeared on the “Know Moscow” portal

“Get to know Moscow” – a joint project of the departments of information technology, culture, cultural heritage, education and science. An interactive city guide contains photographs and descriptions of more than two thousand buildings, 660 monuments and 330 museums, 83 quests and over 160 thematic routes in different areas of the city. All objects can be viewed both on the Discover Moscow portal and in the mobile application available in the App Store and Google Play.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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