Reconstruction of Cottage House “Elegy: Taste of France”

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Kyiv-based Intemporary Design Studio recently have completed “Elegy: Taste of France”, a project of reconstruction of cottage house.

Reconstruction project presented, house was built 20 years ago. Due to changes in owner lifestyle, technology requirements and engineering services modernization had led to this reconstruction project.

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As a result, there were modern engineering technologies for climate control, heating, ventilation, water supply, sewage and water proofing were implemented. The house now has a new insulated façade and roof covering.

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Complete design changes given to ceilings, staircases, roof truss system, windows shape and door openings. And volume of the house had been increased, functional zones had been brought into the scene. Functional diagram of a house had been updated: a separate area for household appliances were implemented, height of the attic floor had been increased, terraces were extended around the house.

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During the redesign phase all customer requests were considered — to reflect their love of France in the interiors — memoirs of years of life spent there and the desire to fill their lives with an atmosphere that is a pleasure and comfort at the same time.

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Housing space discloses itself by two force axes from the entrance to the depth along central axis and through strict perpendicular thereto. Principle of serial volume and space composition along abovementioned axis, in order to maintain this method in the stylistic construction geometry, repeat this rhythm in marble floors and staircases, wooden linings, ceilings, location of fixtures, door and window openings.

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To create an additional perspective and depth in the space disclosure – doors and windows were enlarged and attached to the axes, and the doors made sliding and glazed.

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Contrasting colors in different functional areas of space are supporting the meaning and emotional load associated with the style of houses in France, with its contrasts and color differences that further emphasize the zoning space floors and at the same time serving as a unifying element — so in the form of details and accents color is repeated in different rooms.

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Structuring of the façade was based on the construction of the internal volume of the house, which is continuing and communicating with landscape and yard, as well as with requested design guidelines. [Text and photos via email]

Reconstruction object: Cottage house erected 1993
Intemporary Design Studio: Alexandrine Lukach – interior designer, Nastya Korzhavina – lead architect, Andrey Paharenko (stonework), Pavel Kriven – building supervisor, Serhiy Ostapenko – IT/Home automation lead.
Conducted: 2013 — 2015
Area before the reconstruction: 250 m2
Area after reconstruction: 425 m2
Location: Kyiv region, Ukraine
Photo by Alexander Morderer

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