A U-shaped architectural footprint on a single level, in keeping with the principles of Japanese philosophy. Above all, in tune with the directives of the client – “to return home, in a Zen atmosphere” – suggested for the creation of a large single-family house near Kiev. For the team of MONO Architects it is the natural result of integration of simple geometric forms, for a private residence in a large park. The flourishing vegetation runs along all four sides of the building, in constant dialogue with the living spaces thanks to large windows that attenuate the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.
The approximately 725 square meters of area are organized in two symmetrical wings that embrace a rectangle with a rigorous perimeter: this is the location of a meditation garden, surrounded by a wooden deck for a sheltered terrace.
The rooms of the house face this patio with their various functions, marked by finishing in different types of marble – white Carrara and black Marquina – as well as furnishings and paneling in wood, and floors in stone and parquet.
The living area, an ample open space, also contains the kitchen and the dining zone; there are also three bedrooms with bathrooms, and a playroom. The spa area features a hammam, a sauna and a relaxation zone with a hydromassage tub.
The owners also had specific ideas regarding the furniture, collaborating on the selection of pieces from the best Italian design firms. Among the items, they have included the Flaps décor radiators designed by Victor Vasilev for Antrax IT, utilized in the white version inside the master bathroom and the guest bathroom.
The geometric and functional rigor of this model is in tune with the oriental inspirations of the house: a high-efficiency thermal volume formed by a plate in 100% recyclable aluminium, of just 3 mm, interrupted and enhanced by diagonal folds on which to place towels. With measurements of 35 x 171 cm, it fits perfectly into the space featuring large wooden surfaces alternating with pale elements, where white and gray tones form a contrast with a cobalt blue wall.
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