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Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon

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City of Rancho Mirage Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Free, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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Designed by architect Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974) for himself and his family, Melnikov House is an experimental cylindrical structure that was built between 1927 and 1929. Melnikov believed that the essence of his house lay in the balance and equivalence of weight, light, air and heat. The original layout, elegant spatial arrangement, and ingenious engineering techniques are combined in a unique architectural form that still looks modern.

Pavel Kuznetsov, deputy director of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow and a member of the Iconic Houses Network, will explore the history and preservation efforts of the home. He will also delve into newly discovered information that uncovered the architectural, engineering, and philosophical ideas lying behind Melnikov’s ambitious plan to build an architectural manifesto in 1920s Soviet Russia.

This lecture is presented via a partnership with Sunnylands, the Rancho Mirage Public Library, Modernism Week and Iconic Houses, an international network connecting architecturally significant structures from the 20th century with a focus on conservation, management, policy, and cooperation.

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This event is for ages 18 and older.
Use the Library parking lot and overflow parking.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Sunnylands.

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City of Rancho Mirage Library, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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