Because the artist Zola Jesus, Nika Roza Danilova makes darkish and atmospheric vibes pop propelled by deep ruminations round stillness and absence. So, when the 33-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer got down to design a house from scratch in 2015, her intuition was to erect a minimalist “black metallic sq.” within the northwoods of Wisconsin.
Although the choice shocked native contractors, Nika pressed ahead together with her plan to construct a “2001: A Area Odyssey monolith,” as she places it, on the 150 acre property the place she initially grew up together with her household. “It’s actually therapeutic for me to be in areas which might be very clear and easy,” she explains. “There’s additionally one thing I like about brutalism in nature. Nature is so natural, and the woods are curvy, after which seeing this black field that’s so deeply human… That distinction is a lot extra fascinating.”
With assist from her uncles (one a builder, one other an electrician) and her carpenter dad, the loft-style property was ultimately completed in 2017. The house—the place she now resides together with her fiancé, their black German shepherd named Nadja, and a grey tuxedo cat named Kosha—is now a respite when she returns from touring and touring throughout the globe.
Nika’s resolution to maneuver again residence was prompted by eager to “disconnect and take heed to my interior voice, and to not really feel like this fixed sense of stress having to be a part of a society that has its personal legal guidelines and guidelines.” As a result of when she’s right here, she will make her personal. That calming environment can be the place Nika made Arkhon, her expansive sixth studio report launched on June that examines themes of isolation, humanity, nihilism, and hope. A lot of it was accomplished in her lounge, the elegantly gothic centerpiece of the house. “My complete life sort of exists in that house,” she says. Learn on to be taught extra concerning the tastefully curated house.