In 1909, one of the most acclaimed architects in the world, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the famous Robie House in Chicago. F.L. Wright pioneered a new approach to residential architecture. This bold style is now called the Prairie style and draws inspiration from the expansive, flat landscapes of America’s Midwest. This style is the first unique architectural style that belongs to The States and little did they know back then that this style would continue to inspire architects throughout the world to this day.

Bucha, a city in Ukraine’s Kiev Oblast is the home to the Prairie House that was designed by Yunakov Architecture in 2015. This contemporary home pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. The materials that were used for this construction are very similar to the home designed in 1909. Copper, bronze and bricks in a quiet color palette shape this home while the extraordinarily well landscaped grounds flank it in all directions. But, the best way to understand the design is to read the architects’ description which you can find below.

The hardest part of the task set before us was to “catch” the style and proportions of the great architect F.L Wright. One of the fundamental principles of Wright’s architecture is “pressed” by the roof volume of the house, because of which it seems that the floor height is low, and the house has a pronounced horizontal composition.

The second principle is a huge take-out from the front of the roof, which gives a hint of traditional Japanese architecture. The third principle is a large number of covered terraces, which are also stretched by the construction site. According to the flat nature of the relief and the active vertical vegetation, style Wright particularly good “fit” in the area for development. Special attention was attended to functional zoning and building layout. Almost all planning is overflow of the interior spaces with outside covered terraces and landscape.

The house consist of hall, dining room, kitchen, office, guest bedrooms and two covered terraces on the ground floor. And 3 bedrooms with bathrooms and an open terrace on the second floor. Also there is indoor parking, which successfully “played” up in the composite solution. The facade is made of hand-modeled clinker, limestone and natural wood. The roof covered with copper. Window system is 106 wooden profile and double-glass.
The whole landscape is worked out with reference to the small Japanese gardens.

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What do you think about this home? Would you attempt to rebuild your dream home ?

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