Melnikov House
10 Krivoarbatsky Pereulok

Konstantin Melnikov 1929

Melnikov was one of the most influential of the young Soviet Union's Constructivist architects, and was – most unusually and unideologically – granted a plot of land near the Arbat to build his own house. Despite being denounced with other Constructivits in the 1930s, Melnikov continued to live in his house until he died in 1974, and his son also until his death in 2005.

The house itself is built as two interlocking brick cylinders, the front one lit by a glazed straight wall at the front of the house, the back one by geometrically arranged hexagonal windows. The interior is equally as unconventional, with all the family sleeping in one large room, painted yellow with softened corners.

Simon Glynn 2007

How to visit

The Melnikov House is on a small lane parallel to the Arbat. Midway along the Arbat, on the south side, look out for Krivoarbatsky Pereulok. Follow this lane round to the right to find the house.

There are stories and negotiations around turning the house into a museum, but at the time of writing it is not open to the public.

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