This lovely house is placed in an area where there’s no pattern to define all the residences, a mixed-scale region where the average height of the house is 2 or 3 stories. That being said, there were no restrictions in this sense. The challenge, however, was to create a design that responds to the conditions on the site, more exactly the sloped terrain. Drozdov & Partners found the perfect strategy.
The house was completed in 2016 and occupies an area of 448 square meters. It’s located in Knarkiv, Ukraine and, because of the sloped nature of the site, the architects designed three terrace that descend and embrace the landscape. They also customized the surroundings a little bit, creating artificial hills that offer more privacy for the spaces inside the house and that also enhance the natural landscape.
Privacy is also maintained through other methods. For instance, a large wall was erected in front of the pool, protecting everyone from neighboring eyes and also offering a sense of intimacy and comfort. Permanent blinds were installed for the living spaces and they control the sunlight without completely eliminating the connection to the garden.
The house has a series of summer rooms which are basically extensions of the interior living spaces. Their role is to ensure a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor but also to offer the inhabitants the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and the fresh ambiance in comfort. These spaces include covered areas such as this outdoor kitchen/ bar but also internal courtyards and terraces.
A central hallway connects all the interior spaces. The overhead opening brings daylight in and ensures a bright and open ambiance throughout the residence. The social areas also have connections to terraces with blurred out boundaries between them. The outdoor zone includes a lap pool, a lounge space, a barbecue area and a sunbathing deck.