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Russian Quintessential: Cantilever Pipe-Shaped Holiday Home

Cantilever Tubular Homes

Cantilever Tubular Homes

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Moscow’s chief architect, Sergey Kuznetsov, designed a cantilever pipe-shaped holiday home named “Russian Quintessential” on the edge of a slope in Russia’s Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.

The unique art object has been opened for the annual Archstoyanie Festival, also called Russia’s Burning Man, held on July 26th, 2021.

The holiday home cabin is a permanent structure designed to accommodate the visitors of the outdoor art gallery, set in a nature reserve near the city of Kaluga. It is a stainless steel structure with one end fixed to the foundation hidden underground and the other end free, giving it a magical effect. 

Figure-1: “The Russian Quintessential", Tubular Cantilever Holiday-Home, Russian Art Park
Image Credits: Dezeen, Ilya Ivanov


  1. The tubular home is a single continuous sheet of stainless steel that beautifully reflects the surrounding forest.
  2. The tubular cabin has a diameter of 3.5 m and a length of 12 m. The whole unit weighs 12 tons and is held together using six bolts.
  3. The foundation of the structure is concealed inside a small hill and reinforced with sand cushions. This is done to create the impression of the cabin hanging in mid-air. The concrete slab foundation constructed underground is designed in the opposite direction to act as a counterweight for the cabin.
Figure-2: The holiday cabin is cantilevered from the top of a small hill
Image Credits: Dezeen, Ilya Ivanov
  1. The fixed end occupies the kitchen and bathroom. The foundation below houses plumbing and electricity supply units. 
  2. The free end of the building that floats above the forest floor occupies the bedroom.
  3. Kuznetsov and the construction company Krost employed a shipbuilding technique called traverse framing (see Figure-3) to build the structure. This involves a system of closely-spaced circular ribs running along the length of the entire building. The framing is made out of cut-outs from stainless steel and connected by horizontal guides called stringers. These units are strong and lightweight, creating a frame that can support itself without breaking.
Figure-3: Traverse Framing Throughout the Structure
Image Credits: Dezeen, Ilya Ivanov
  1. The building consists of six cylindrical modules, each manufactured simultaneously and connected together.

The construction of the structure was challenging due to the complexity of the construction and the objective to hold it up in the cantilever position until physically installed on the site.

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