27 below’s wearing thin! But, as cold as she looks, you have to raise a glass to the Winter House by Sergey Makhno Architects.

Made of concrete, glass and timber, it may look fragile, but apparently able to withstand required loads and then some. Stark contrasts-a-plenty! It combines plain lines with complex multifigure elements and small dimensions with vast  IGS’s. Traditional materials and methods also meet and marry with modern design concepts. Smooth transitions flow from one space to another. The owner is a Ukrainian artist, who spends a lot of time on the road and relates to a simple way of life. This house is ‘apparently’ the embodiment of simplicity and the owners character. I’d agree with the former, but the latter can at times be hard to achieve. I’ve seen and work on, many steel frames builds but the timber appeals. Especially if I were to build in Canada!


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