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Volga House / Peter Kostelov

  • 01:00 - 25 February, 2010
Volga House / Peter Kostelov
Volga House / Peter Kostelov, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alexino village, Konakovsky District, Tverskaya region, Russia
  • Architect

    Peter Kostelov
  • Furniture

    Vladimir Kostelov
  • Development Effort

    Alexey Lyalin
  • Wood Construction

    zao «NLK Domostroeniye»
  • Developer

    zao “Orbat”, Andrey Tolstoy
  • Site Area

    86 sqm
  • Terraces Area

    48 sqm
  • Area

    133.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Art:  Artistic design of the house is a combination of simple layout of the house with clear functioning of it and a facade composed of various shape and color wooden patchworks. Practically all types of trimming are being implemented here.

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

Traditional wooden overlapping planks as well as just wooden planks; Modern molded board, forged square timber; Unconventional trimming for which spade hafts and square timber of various section were implemented;

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

To reach desirable effect trimming fragments were painted in different shades of brown and were fixed at various angles so that the same fragments would reflect the sunlight in different ways.

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

The source of it goes back to Soviet era style, when private house construction industry used to be rundown and backward, which can be explained by many reasons. Those who managed to build so called “dachas” implemented practically all handy materials which happened to be available. As a result the houses looked like patched blankets consisting of different fragments which clearly showed who the owner of the “dacha” were precisely at the moment of construction.

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

Function: The design envisages comfortable living of two adult couples-parents and grown up children if to work at home and permanently live here. Apart from this the family hosts a few guests too. So the house looks like this:

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

Conditions: The plot where the future summer cottage was planned to be built is located quite near the Volga River in a small village in Tverskaya Region, Konakovsky District and is on the way to Saint Petersburg, 140 km from Moscow. The blocked foundation of 6,500 mm times 8,700 mm size was already laid there. Thus it set the gabarit size of future cottage (Russians call them “dacha”). Extra supports were specially made for open space terrace and shed.

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

Frame and wainscot technology was implemented in the construction. Panels being heated by insulation materials and pellicle are made from squared timber 140mm times 45mm size which are inside and outside trimmed by OSB followed by finishing. Why three levels cottage? Firstly, terrific view of the Volga is available only when one is on the 3d floor. Secondly, hardly would it be possible to place all purpose rooms only on two floors.

© Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev
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zizo · July 14, 2011

wow its totally fantastic

David Brian Tiu · December 23, 2010

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Zhorik-chan · February 26, 2010

well done! i love the tiles of wood, very fresh and lively, but what's wrong with the tiles on the plinth??? just ugly

Polinac123 · February 26, 2010

Very well executed project!
The best about this house is that it is really different yet traditional in a way, a bit retro... Respectful to local vernacular.
Cool interior!
For Russia it's a great achievement, kind of a real house as opposed to all blingy superficial "new russians" or "oligarch" style new builts and interios we see in media.
Love it! Well done!
Tiles on the plinth - not so sure about though. Would be better in stone or plain concrete maybe...

arnold · February 26, 2010

excelent interior. masterful. it looks like japanese interior house (japan architects could study this example for their works).
exterior a bit strange. not so harmoniuos as interior. it's sad a bit, becouse the interior (and interior spaces) are very good. I think, it would be better if exterior could be more calm, harmoniuos and not so intensive, unintelligible.

Bu to bilt such house in Russia, is a big achievement. Congratulation to Architect. Success in your work.

H · February 26, 2010

Dear Kanon!

Maybe you will change your opinion, if you see this wooden house .

we try to post it on AD ..... but get no response

Vasilis · February 26, 2010

It's a masterpiece !

kanon · February 26, 2010

we dont want anymore wooden house! do u hear me??

Thomas · February 26, 2010 02:34 AM

We dont?

ANP · February 26, 2010

Fresh! not at all ugly! it's marvelous! Beautiful

BI · February 26, 2010

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neoinc. · February 26, 2010

a symphony in wood, lovin the interior, but the tiles on the plinth are really ugly!!!

Mookie · February 26, 2010

Interesting, rigorous and well executed. Also, the ugliest house I have seen in quite some time.

voisindeville · February 26, 2010 01:35 PM

I won't disagree Monkie. This modern rustic house seems to be a demonstration of statecraft to show us how to use wood ...
I would say that it's quite kitsch

but it's russian, isn't it ?


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