Rock Garden Dwelling / Palamarchuk Architects
A description of the text provided by the architect. Customers, especially art collectors who collect contemporary sculpture, wanted to combine a home with a gallery. He bought the picturesque land of the southern suburbs of Kyiv on the banks of the canal. So he first laid out a small landscape park with a traditional style guesthouse. But for a long time he couldn’t make a final decision about his home. He started building a two-story house and stopped halfway, noting that their project couldn’t meet all their needs.
He focused primarily on the landscape and created an environment with stone garden elements for further placement of sculptures. The basement behind the house was completely buried in an artificial hill as seen from the canal, and from the street there was a stone façade with a small entrance. I was asked to completely reconstruct the existing traditional volume into a modern home and put all the pieces together. As a result, he proposed partial demolition and demolition of the first floor, while maintaining the walls of the first basement floor as much as possible. However, the existing basement did not meet today’s energy conservation regulations.
Therefore, the team proposed a complex program of efficient insulation and energy saving by replacing traditional equipment with heat pumps and solar collectors.
Seen from the street, the house represents a simple box covered with shingles of a textured natural pine that sits on top of a stone basement. Seen from the park, this rectangular monolithic box with deeply recessed windows and terraces sits on a lawn that descends smoothly from the house to the bank of the canal. It was proposed to create another entrance to the art gallery on the basement floor and leave another entrance to the residential area on the first floor. The house is formed along the north-south axis. The living room is in the center of the upper floors. The children’s bedroom and stairs are in the north. A small gym, sauna and swimming pool area in the south.
The living room has large windows facing the west terrace overlooking the sunset. All bedrooms utilize early morning light and face parks and canals. Passages created along the long outer walls inside the floor of the house string the building to those axes, creating a unified route through the entire house and the outer terrace. The kitchen-dining room is separated from the entrance by a glass partition, and when you enter the house, you can enjoy the view from the kitchen to the park. The “loggia” at the entrance next to the main façade has a vertical lamella that is level with the building, allowing sunlight to enter and block the small area of the entrance to the house and pool from the street.
The upper floors are made of brick and reinforced concrete, insulated with 20 cm stone wool and trimmed with pine shingles in the Carpatia region. Carports are made of welded rolled metal and sheet metal.
Customers themselves continue to work with designers on unfinished interior design to restore old Viennese furniture.