House on Tatarka Hill
location: Kyiv, Ukraine
function: family house
area: 310 m2
status: completed (2010-2019)
photo: Andrey Avdeenko, Vitaliy Pravik
team: Oleg Drozdov, Serhii Kostianyi, Vitaliy Pravik, Kostiantyn Rudniev
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The legend says Kyiv is built on seven hills. Tatarka is a historic neighborhood in Kyiv downtown. The plot for a family house is located on this hill, in a valley resembling an amphitheater. These landscape features were used to create a living environment.
The aim of the project is to create an environment where the owners experience the surrounding landscape as part of the house, including the slopes of the hill, and perceive the natural walls and the greenery as a wallpaper pattern which changes over seasons.
The main volume is located so as to achieve the best view over the territory. It is elevated and linked to the entire plot along its perimeter resulting in an interesting walking scenario around the territory and a view over the city. The steep slopes are cut in some places rationalizing the land use and providing a space for a lounge zone with barbecue.
The trees in the south-east were partially pruned to allow more sun for the terrace at the swimming pool, while in the south-west the trees protect the house from unpleasant western sun rays in summer.
The living room is separated from the kitchen/dining-room and visually isolated from the active zone of the plot. Located in the cantilevered part of the volume, the living room is immersed into the garden without touching it.
The children’s rooms and the master bedroom are separated by means of a stairсase overlooking the city, with a vast two-storey space exposed to the garden. The study and the guestroom have their own terrace linked to the lounge zone.
The use of homogeneous material unifies all the elements of the house into one single structure that merges with the landscape and outlines the living space.