Melnikov House - The State Museum of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikov

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  • Guided Tours
  • Bus tours of Melnikov's Moscow

A world-famous masterpiece of avant-garde architecture, designed and built by Konstantin Melnikov (1927-1929).

Konstantin Melnikov designed this 'experimental cylindrical house' as a Moscow home for himself and his family that also demonstrated his concept for social housing. The building consists of two overlapping cylindrical towers, each nine meters in diameter each, and without any load-bearing walls or columns. The wooden ceilings are constructed from rectangular 'grids' of planks, while over 60 distinctive 'honeycomb' windows provide an evenly dispersed light and carefully engineered heating and ventilation. Its original layout, elegant interior spaces and innovative technical construction quickly made it world famous. Melnikov described the building's 'essence' as 'the even distribution of weight, light, air and heat'. It had one bedroom for the whole family, partitioned by screen walls.

At his death, Viktor Melnikov, the artist's son, and himself a painter, provided for the preservation of the house, and the Melnikov Museum opened in 2014 as a branch of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture. Visits can be made via guided tour. A permanent exhibition will be opening soon in the Museum of Architecture's main building (Vozdvizhenka street, 5/12), exploring the life and work of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikovs, and the two buildings will be linked by a shared tour.

Aerial view of the Melnikov House. Photo: Denis Esakov
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Address:

Krivoarbatsky pereulok, 10
Moscow
Russia

Telephone:

+7 (495)6978037

Email:

melnikovmuseum@muar.ru

Website:
http://muar.ru/en/melnikov-house
Opening times:

The courtyard is open daily, free of charge

1 April - 30 September: 10am - 7pm

1 October - 31 March, 10am - 5pm

Visits to the house are possible only as part of a guided tour (maximum one group per day, or 5-7 people). Tours can be booked by phone only - please call on the first working day of the month, and note that bookings cannot be taken by email.

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