▼建筑外观，external view of the house ©Serhii Kadulin
Shkrub house was built by the Ukrainian architect Sergey Makhno for his family. It is located in Kozyn, a village in the suburbs of Kyiv. The house is built in contemporary Ukrainian style under the influence of Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi that finds beauty and harmony in imperfections. Being almost completely enclosed by a minimalist concrete fence, its character can be seen with half an eye — a proud thatched roof hangs over the wooden rails on the walls. These materials are traditional for both Ukrainian and Japanese cultures.
▼建筑外观，设有巨大的落地窗和稻草屋顶，external view of the house with huge French window and proud thatched roof ©Serhii Kadulin
▼稻草屋顶悬挂在墙面外，the thatched roof hangs over the walls ©Serhii Kadulin
“Thanks to Japan, I learned to love Ukraine. When I went to Japan for the first time and saw how they appreciate their heritage, I understood that Ukrainian culture is extremely rich but we rarely rate it highly. Japan has given my country back to me. It has opened my eyes and, most importantly, my heart to the wealth I have always had — my homeland. I create Ukrainian design transmitted through the lens of Japanese perception of beautiful.”——says Sergey Makhno.
▼稻草屋顶近景，closer view to the thatched roof ©Serhii Kadulin
The walls are decorated in the technique used by our great-grandparents for their huts. The space is divided into three parts: an open kitchen, dining area, and living room. This part underwent major changes during the redevelopment of the original house that was here before the architect became its owner.
▼墙面及稻草屋顶细部，采用乌克兰传统工艺，details of the wall and the thatched roof, using traditional building techniques ©Serhii Kadulin
In a garden gallery Japanese maples and cherry trees met traditional Ukrainian zoomorphic pottery and contemporary art. Here, there are 250 tons of stones and several perspectives, as common for Japanese gardens.
▼花园，日式风格与乌克兰陶偶及当代艺术品相融合，garden, combination of Japanese style, Ukrainian zoomorphic pottery and contemporary art ©Serhii Kadulin
Uniting two floors was the only right solution for this object. All the architects understand that space and light are the best things you can give to any place. A panoramic view of the garden is offered by a huge window.
▼通高的起居空间，可以透过落地窗欣赏花园景观，two-level living room, view the garden through huge French window ©Serhii Kadulin
The ceiling is decorated with wood — we just dismantled 11 old abandoned houses. Giving a second life to things is the best we can do for our planet. As you may have noticed, Sergey is an enthusiastic collector. The most significant part of Sergey’s collections is represented at this wall — there are clay products from Trypillia, 5–2nd Millenium BC.
▼天花和墙面以回收的木材制作，the ceiling and walls are made of recycled wood ©Serhii Kadulin
▼木材墙面及陶器细部，closer view to the wooden wall and ceramic collections ©Serhii Kadulin
▼起居室旁的用餐区，同样可以欣赏花园景观，dining space beside the living room, from which garden scenery could be seen ©Serhii Kadulin
▼厨房和吧台，kitchen and bar ©Serhii Kadulin
▼可以看到庭院的小厨房和餐厅，一面墙上设有木制展架，small kitchen and dining room with view to the garden, wooden shelves on the wall ©Serhii Kadulin
Second-floor planning is simple and ergonomic. There are gallery-hall and bedrooms for the residents. The hall ends with a balcony overlooking the living room and garden — the first thing owners see when they leave their rooms in the morning.
▼通往二层的楼梯，staircase to the second floor ©Serhii Kadulin
▼二层走廊大厅，装饰有各种艺术品，gallery hall on the second floor decorated by art works ©Serhii Kadulin
▼廊厅，可以看到起居室，gallery hall with view to the living room ©Serhii Kadulin
The main focus in his bedroom of Sergey’s eldest son is the floor made of a 500-year-old oak. Ivan shares his room with Kaws and ceramic art-toys DIDO created by his father. At the head of the tatami bed — Sumi-e-style monochrome art piece depicting distant landscapes, traditional for the wabi-sabi philosophy.
▼长子卧室，床头设置风景画，bedroom for the eldest son, landscape painting at the head of the bed ©Serhii Kadulin
▼空间中装饰有玩具陶偶，ceramic art toys decorating the space ©Serhii Kadulin
The wallpapers in the bedroom of the middle son are made by Sergey Makhno. He draws from early childhood, and still, most of his ideas appear on the paper first.
▼次子卧室，设有建筑师绘制的墙纸，bedroom for the middle son with wall paper painted by the architect ©Serhii Kadulin
小儿子的房间同样简洁宽敞。壁纸由Sergey Makhno设计，乌克兰著名艺术家和陶艺家Serhii Radko绘制。
The room of the youngest son is also minimalistic and spacious. The wallpapers are designed by Sergey Makhno and painted by famous Ukrainian artist and ceramist, Serhii Radko.
▼末子卧室，设有建筑师设计，艺术家完成的墙纸，bedroom for the youngest son with wall paper designed by the architect and completed by an artist ©Serhii Kadulin
The head of a tatami bed in master’s bedroom is an allusion to a clay cliff as a symbol of all the primeval and its beauty.
▼主卧，master’s bedroom ©Serhii Kadulin
▼黏土床头创造原始的美感，the clay cliff at the head of the bed brings a primeval beauty ©Serhii Kadulin
“When in five thousand years, archaeologists from other planets will dismantle my house, they will say that it was built according to ancient Ukrainian traditions. That there was a lot of nature, and a lot of life” — says Sergey Makhno.
▼客人卧室，bedroom for the guests ©Serhii Kadulin
▼不同风格的浴室，washroom in different styles ©Serhii Kadulin
▼储藏间，storage ©Serhii Kadulin
▼空间中装饰的丰富的艺术品，rich art work collections in the space ©Serhii Kadulin
▼透视图，perspective drawing ©Sergey Makhno
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©Sergey Makhno
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Sergey Makhno
Type: private house
Area: 370 sq.m
Location: Kozyn, Kyiv
Photo: Serhii Kadulin
Video: Maryna Grechko
Team: Sergey Makhno, Oleksandr Makhno, Olha Sobchyshyna, Serhii Filonchuk, Maryna Hrechko