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House Ukrainian Japanese

Architect Sergey Makhno renovated an existing building in the suburbs of Kiev to create a new residence for him and his family. The project, called Shkrub House, is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which finds beauty in imperfection. The house is characterized by the use of unpolished materials from Ukraine such as adobe walls and the monumental thatched roof and was also designed in contemporary Ukrainian style.

Shkrub House is spread over two floors, with the ground floor accommodating the more social aspects of the project and the upper floor housing the private bedroom areas. However, these two planes are not entirely different as they are connected by the double volume of the living room, which can also be seen from the upstairs master bedroom and provides a connector throughout the house.

The now living, dining and kitchen areas have seen the most significant change in the renovation of the existing building. The walls and ceilings of these rooms are decorated with wood, which also shows Makhno’s extensive collection of clay objects from the 5th to 2nd millennium BC. The upper floor should be simple and consist of a gallery and bedrooms for the family. The hall ends with a balcony overlooking the living room and garden – the first thing the owners see when they leave their rooms in the morning.

Outside, the merging of Japan and Ukraine continues as maple and cherry trees stand alongside Ukrainian zoomorphic ceramics and contemporary art. Overall, the design of the Shkrub House with the mixture of natural materials and organic shapes within the regular building volume leads to a contemporary interpretation of tradition.

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