The idea behind the extension was to enlarge the living space and alter the existing floor plan of the house and to move the dining area and family room into the new structure. Concrete and glass were the materials used to shape this seemingly minimal and polished new addition with the sliding glass doors and large floor-to-ceiling windows inviting the landscape indoors.
Much of the original silhouette of the house was retained and given a modern upgrade with the reflecting pond a fabulous bridge and the brise soleil creating a stunning entrance. This image of tranquility is further enhanced as artificial lighting takes over after sunset with the illumination fashioning an atmosphere of inviting warmth.
Bringing refined contemporary aesthetics and relaxed modern living to a predominantly rural landscape in Ukraine is all about enjoying the outdoors in a sheltered fashion. Nestled on one of the five Kharkiv hills the dashing contemporary residence is covered in a series of wooden slats and blinds that filter in natural sunlight even while offering complete privacy.
The desire for a home that creates spaces that encourage interaction between family members can be seen in homeowners across the globe. While the 90s saw a trend in which people turned towards more individualized and private ‘cubicles’ that has definitely shifted toward a love for more ‘social spaces’ in the last decade.
The kitchen island itself moves away from the mundane with its unique design and the breakfast bar offers further opportunity for the entire family to come together each morning. The living area kitchen and dining area are connected with the closed rear yard / outdoor living zone that features plush seating.