Dolmen Shelter would be a boutique hotel composed of guest cabins shaped like rough-hewn stones. The project is meant to be loosely evocative of dolmens – ancient megalithic structures composed of huge upright and horizontal rocks.
Although many dolmens are assumed to be tombs or burial chambers, archaeologists are largely unaware of who erected them or why.
“Our courtyard has a landscape composition of three stones – we never paid much attention to it, but somehow we stopped walking during the day and started looking at this composition of stones and the idea of our dolmens came to our mind,” the pair told Dezeen.
“The view from our window [in Moscow] is very depressing… our personal projects are a way to escape from the dullness of our environment.”
Guests would enter their cabins via a heavy, black-framed doorway. The interior would be made to look much like the craggy inside of a cave, with surfaces rendered in a coarse, beige-coloured plaster.
Rather than standard sofas and chairs, there would be cosy seating nooks carved out of the walls and plump beanbags scattered across the floor.
“We believe that in such place people could really abstract from their current nervous lifestyles and concentrate on themselves and their inner voices… and give themselves the rest they deserve,” the pair added.
The Jivyans also decided that the cabins would only have a couple of tiny windows, claiming they are “tired of modern house projects which look like an aquarium with four sides of glass”.
Light would instead come from a wood burner and tiny lamps fitted in a series of alcoves. The exterior of the cabins would also be fitted with “ominous” red lights that glow at night, a feature that Davit and Mary Jilavyan hope will nod to the mystery surrounding dolmens and their origin.