The Melnikov House, a building designed by architect Konstantin
Melnikov in Moscow for himself and his family (1927–1929), is an icon of
the architectural avant-garde. The house was originally built as an
experimental cylindrical house to test Konstantin Melnikov’s very own
concept for the mass construction of housing. The original layout,
elegant spatial arrangement and ingenious engineering techniques have
made this masterpiece world famous.
According to Melnikov, the essence of his house lies in its
‘equivalence and equability of weight, light, air and heatʼ. Being of a
unique architectural form, it still looks modern while retaining the
authentic memorial atmosphere of the 20th century, thus reflecting the
tragic life of this solo architect.
This book gives a detailed account of its creation and history right
through the 20th century, the transitional state from residential
dwelling to museum, and the house's current condition while still
awaiting an in-depth survey and conservation work. The volume contains
rich archival materials as well as recent photographs. It describes the
challenges and choices of museumification. Many memorial objects from
the house are linked to the professional and family life of the
architect and published for the first time.