BARVIKHA

A modern house with neo-classical elements in the forest area.

Tasks and Aims

The task was to design and construct a house on a heavily wooded lot.
A client fancied modern shiny solutions and the classical style of country estates.
Land area
3000 sq.m
Total floor space
1000 sq.m
Stories
2
Bedrooms
5
We employed practices from each school and offered a completely unique concept.
Concept
We combined classical planning practices and elements of modern architecture for façades decoration.
Trees played a major role in the design. A small meadow in front of the house was left untouched.
This provided enough light for living rooms.
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Project Architecture
The main material of the façades is a yellow-white sandstone. The composition is maintained by a heat-treated fine African wood. In the entry zone we used marble and green onyx inlay.
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We used a classical floor plan. All technical rooms are on the northern side and all living rooms are on the southern side.
Floor Plan
There is a large kitchen-diner with an 8 meters second-level space on the first floor with an exit to a court-yard overlooking pines and a pond.
A separate SPA-block with a swimming pool and a small fitness studio adjoins the first floor.
A garage with a room for staff was designed separately at client's request.
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We joined this part of the house with a large awning.
A basement, apart from the technical rooms, has a playroom with a home theatre, billiard, bar, a large table and couches for friends.
First floor
Second floor
Basement
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Project Highlights
A portal has a unique ladder shape. It's a distinctive technique of a Venice architect Carlos Scarpa.
The basement is slightly lifted above the ground. Thanks to a long narrow window overlooking the pond the majority of basement rooms are well lit.
The basement is slightly lifted above the ground. Thanks to a long narrow window overlooking the pond the majority of basement rooms are well lit.
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A fence was designed as a full-fledged element of architecture and presents as the continuation of the house due to the use of the same sandstorm as in the façades.
From the Designer
When designing a complex space we pay great attention to landscape architecture.
In this project we used the elements of 18th century garden art as well as classical and modern sculptures.
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A well designed landscape not only creates a comfortable space, but also compliments architecture.
Thus the owners of the house will admire the reflection of the house and pines in the smooth surface of the pond.
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