The street façade of an urban residence is generally what sets it apart from its neighbors in the most obvious fashion. Sure the interior and the backyard matter a whole lot as well but it is the front elevation of the building that gives it a distinct identity in a setting where space is precious and one home seems to start where the previous one ends!
Designed by PLAN & HUMAN PLAN Architects office the contemporary home is spread across three different levels with the lowest floor housing the entrance a spacious hall and a home office along with a large parking space. The second is in line with the large garden and spa outside and seems to interact with the outdoors in a seamless fashion while it holds a family room playroom and additional bedrooms on the inside.
The orientation of the house brings in plenty of natural light even while keeping it cool during the hot summer months while the al fresco dining and poolside hangout extend the living area outdoors with ease. It is the lower level of the house that holds the living area kitchen dining space gallery-style entry and a rejuvenating sauna with the top level housing the bedroom and other private spaces.
Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
A small dining area next to the large kitchen with ample storage space acts as a cozy ‘social zone’ while the master bedroom with its tufted headboard wall and beautiful bedside pendant lighting oozes luxury. A colorful yet classy kids’ room with corner beds and a contemporary bathroom complete this exquisite residence in Kiev that is both comfy and pleasant.
It is the top level though that is the real activity hub here as it contains everything from the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms to the kitchen dining room and an open living space that offers wonderful views of the city landscape.
Inspired by the traditional earthen houses in the region the structure of the house is deceptively simple and traditional yet it offers all the modern comforts one could wish for. A marriage between contrasting styles and architectural principles life here is all about being close to nature.