Villa Prism

Lead DesignerSait Onur EDES
Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Conceptual
Entry Description

It has been designed as a weekend house for a family in Moscow, Russia. Defining elements of the design are the light and material which helped me to transform the concept of “house” to a building to be called “home”.
Closed area of the house is 195.68 m² and the open areas is 460.28 m². Basically three rectangular prisms helped me to define different functions of the building and also helped me to catch human scale. Garage and technical rooms placed in the first prism on the first floor. Two main entrances allow people to get inside the house directly from garage and hall. Public areas of the house like kitchen, living room placed in the second prism on the first floor where they are surrounded by the porches thus the ground floor connects entirely with the garden. With a circular stair different functions of the first floor has been tried to separate from each other without any partition walls and also used to connect two prisms – first and second floor. The bed rooms have been located on the second floor with a gallery where it can be used as a small library as well. The roof of prisms where placed on the first floor designed to be used as terraces, in this way also second floor connects with exterior and give owner of the building more space to live without force them to live inside.
Two-storey kitchen is ending with semitransparent roof which allows daylight to illuminate interior of the building. Movement of the sun during the day gives different impacts to interior by this way a cozy interior space is tried to be created.


Sait Onur EDES is an architect and designer born in Ankara, Turkey (1979). Graduate of Gazi University Department of Architecture (2002). He contributed to the educational processes as a lecturer in Gazi University (2003-04). In his professional career on design and construction he gained experience in every field of architectural practice on large scaled international projects such as airports, hotels, shopping malls and residential buildings. His designs participated many national and international architectural competitions. He was awarded with his two projects “Villa Prism” and “Maidan Yacht Club” in 2013 by the International Design Awards. He continues his professional career in Moscow, Russia.

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is what Sait Onur EDES most identifies with.

“For me, architecture is an art reveals maximum thoughts and knowledge with minimum lines. Lines that serve to human. At each time interval all this effort for creation over and over again is to find an unknown way to tell something which is already known and which is already belongs to human. It is a challenge to time that works against you and every designer in deep their inside keep a possibilty to defeat the time. They should just look inside their own selves and try to explore what is there. When you once find out what is there maybe it is just a matter of time to find a particular way to tell it for everyone.”