A russian Dacha

Architect: Peter Kostelov
Location: Alexino village, Konakovsky District, Tverskaya region, Russia
Development effort: Alexey Lyalin
 construction: zao «NLK Domostroeniye»
Developer: zao “Orbat”, Andrey Tolstoy
Furniture: Vladimir Kostelov
Site area: 86 sqm
House area: 133 sqm
Terraces area: 48 sqm
Design Year: 2005-2006
Construction Year Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev


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.

  • 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;

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.

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.


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:

  • 1st floor: kitchen and adjusting dining room, quests room, boiler room, bath and shower, summer veranda.
  • 2nd floor: two bedrooms, two wardrobe rooms, washing room, two toilet and shower rooms.
  • 3d floor: work shop or studio, sauna, summer veranda, toilet and shower room.

Via www.archdaily.com


3 thoughts on “A russian Dacha

  1. this is a VERY non-traditional dacha. while i really like it, i would never say that its design was informed by the phenomenon of dacha in russia. the overlapping wood planks remind me much more of italian wooden window shutters.

  2. It is indeed, a very modern interpretation (maybe this should have been the title). The house is in the same time, in my view, a reminder of a russian dacha, especially the interiors, but I can see where you are coming from about the wood cladding, it look like a reliable guardian against sun(window shutters)…

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