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OMG, I Want This House: Moscow (Photos)

See an avant-garde Moscow home—a honeycombed intersection of two towers—that we want to call our own.

Fritz von der Schulenburg/Interior Archive

Fritz von der Schulenburg/Interior Archive

This early 20th-century avant-garde home in Moscow, shaped like two towers and covered in honeycomb-like windows, is filled with memorabilia from the Jazz Age, the heyday of architect and painter Konstantin Melnikov’s career. Call it “Midnight in Moscow.” Click through to see why we want to call this throwback house our very own.

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The home’s unique cylindrical exterior, as seen from its backyard, stands out in the midst of more traditional buildings.

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The full-length window of the simple yet grand façade of the Melnikov property is a nod to modernist sensibility. 

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Floor-to-ceiling hexagonal windows create a honeycomb effect in the atelier’s mezzanine.

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Original paintings, drawings and photographs by Melnikov survive in the home’s grand living room/studio.

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A simple, uncarpeted staircase leads down into a corridor lined with paintings.

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In one corner of the atelier lays an antique chest and several paintings stacked on top.

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A photograph of the house when it was still under construction, between 1927 and 1929.

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An antique table and chairs sit under three of the hexagon windows in the master bedroom.

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Another of the home’s bedrooms, with an exposed ceiling, old-school bed and another large painting inside.

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An old-fashioned silver samovar hangs in a corner of the kitchen.

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A closeup of a shelf in the kitchen with its collection of original hand-painted tin canisters. And check out those eggbeaters.

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Another shot of the master bedroom, painted in golden yellow and illuminated by three of the hexagonal windows.

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A peek into the master bedroom from the pink and green-painted living room.

Glass doors open from the wooden staircase into the living room.

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A white brick stove, designed by Melnikov, stands in the pink painted living room.

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Spectres of the past are basically sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by old paintings and antique furniture.

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A corner of the living room with a stove designed by Melnikov.

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A photo of the residence’s façade in its glory days—someone save this house!