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Father’s House by Sergey Makhno Architects

Sergey Makhno Architects designed this inspiring 412 m2 private residence located in Kyiv Region, Ukraine, in 2018. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.

From the architects: There’s a place we will always remember. A place where the best childhood memories come from. It’s your first nest – your father’s home. In Ukraine, we call it a “batkivska hata” which is more than a place, it’s a feeling of primary safety and comfort. Here it is, minimalistic and honest to the bones – “Father’s House”.

He is Sergey Makhno. The father of three sons: Ivan, Tadao, and Hikaru. And the father of Sergey Makhno Architects. This man lives his ideology and has his style, the style of Sergey Makhno Architects. The original task for the building sounded as “I want a house of lines”.

Sergey’s wife Vlada fully trusts her husband. They think and speak in unison, feel and see their family nest just like this. Despite the fact that the house seems pale, cold and inconspicuous, the parents of Makhno’s family know that their sons will bring their feelings and “colors”. After all, the name of each has a unique, individual meaning. Ivan will protect it, enrich the house with beauty and grandeur. Hikaru will make it shine. Tadao will strengthen the reliability of the house so that dozens of generations of the Makhno’s family could live there.

Bedroom + guest bedroom + 2 children’s bedroom + wine room. All that the client wants.

The space facilitates the design of a sufficient number of bedrooms, a wine room, a family breakfast area (kitchen), a family dining area (living room), and a gallery along the entire home. To emphasize the features of a gallery, architects built it on a pedestal – they did the ceiling in the room higher than in the main building. This design solution is also due to the fact that the collection of treasured paintings is suspended closer to the lighting. It is embodied by a ribbon window, which has a width of 450 cm, and stretches along the whole gallery. It faithfully serves each exhibit. Like a father, who faithfully serves his family.


“We gave a ribbon window an assistant – it’s a huge window on the other side of the house. Nature is a co-author of this unique piece of art. After all, the center of the exhibition lives its life four times a year, it changes itself and never repeats. Seasons of the year draw their own masterpiece which are ennobled by the frame of our window”, Alexandr Kovpak, the chief architect of the project.

The street space was used for the numerous outdoor terraces. The garden of stones is “hidden” behind a round hole in the wall. The pool with sunbeds is “hidden” behind a rectangular arch. But the main entrance is really hidden from the road by a huge slab. Such a big number of walls is also an architectural and design solution. They are the spirit of the father – the one who cares, protects, and gives peace. The walls protect the creative, fragile, intimate spirit of the family and panoramicly open it to the landscape of the coastal world.

Getting the maximum from the minimum of the basic materials – concrete, glass and rebated roof – is possible due to a competent approach to the composition, strict project supervision and a successful dialogue between the customer and the chief architect. The experience of the professionals, responsible for this project, came in handy for this house and its owner.

The architect emphasizes the importance of concrete in the work: “From a professional point of view, this is an architectural concrete, and, from the creative one, it is a concrete of poetry. The walls are the bridgehead for creativity. Perhaps they will once be adorned by the author’s haiku of their inhabitants.”

From non-standard solutions for ordinary inhabitants of suburban areas of Kyiv embodied in this house – it’s the gallery, this connecting line, stretching from the entrance to the shore of the lake. No, even crossing the boundary of the shore, hanging over a water pad. So, walking in the door of the house, you plunge into the Art River, float by its flow, and then suddenly connect with the natural pond. Magical, isn’t it?

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