Located in Odessa, Ukraine, this intriguing home gathers different mirroring surfaces to create a play of light and reflection of water inside and out. Even the name exudes serenity – the Water Patio House – and hints towards the main inspiration source used to create a contemporary dream home.
Proving they can create a light-weight perforated set of structures that defines the elegance of a space with the design of C.A.F.E Café, Kraków-based architectural practice Drozdov & Partners put that talent to the challenge with the design of the Water Patio House: “The plot is situated on the edge of a steep plateau and occupies the borderline position in the row of houses. This position invited a plentiful of interpretations of open and closed spaces. The combination of two volumes was arranged in such a way so as to allow an uninterrupted sight line between the sea and the house situated behind our plot. The location of the house itself was largely determined by the desire to preserve as many of the existing trees as possible.”
Linked through design with different mirroring surfaces, the ground floor, terrace and pool unite to act as a platform for the surrounding environment. Opening towards the sea, all the spaces are somehow reminiscent of water, whether in the undulating shape or the clear surface. Everything is unexpected, from the wellness zone downstairs including a swimming pool, sauna and hammam to the gym, indoor cinema, not to mention spacious living spaces and stunningly open bedrooms.
“The mirador, with its barbecue spot and a sofa, plays an important role in the entire composition. Being another strategic point alongside with the terrace near the swimming pool, it invites a different perception of the house and its surrounding. Three basic materials were used in the construction of the house: Siberian larch, stucco (that looks like Venetian stucco) and copper. The latter acquired a noble tint in this coastal environment, which makes it look like rusty steel.”