Welcome to this house where the essence of tradition lives on at its own pace and culture fizzles out. By this, we mean not only centuries-old Japanese culture but also Ukrainian. The latter essence seeped into the structure through MAKHNO Studio's love for its own country. The whole behaves like an old book where each space tells a unique chapter.
This sublime picture was realised by MAKHNO Studio. It is not just any architectural firm, but a studio that rests on the foundations of an icon: architect, ceramist and collector Serhii Makhno. The man is one of the most influential ambassadors of Ukrainian design and wants to share his passion for it by creating projects that show the deep connection to cultural heritage and natural beauty. It is therefore no surprise that the studio always reaches beyond generally accepted boundaries and works with authentic techniques and natural materials to create concepts that go hand in hand with a modern touch. The studio's unique style is best described as an authentic touch where naturalness flourishes and a futuristic touch makes its way through contemporary art. The handmade objects in each interior are pure through collaboration with artisans who are proficient in the age-old techniques of their ancestors. Moreover, each project exudes a great respect for nature: sustainability and cultural preservation are thus highly valued by the architects. The rich Japanese history carried by KYOTO House was the immediate starting point for the deep attraction the firm felt for it. In addition, it also constituted a trigger or rather a challenge: the architects wanted at all costs to let their own Ukrainian influences speak for themselves. Through the team's sublime restoration, they managed to create a unique atmosphere where there was room for both, very different cultures, without harming the historical integrity of the house. The building now has a unique atmosphere that pays homage to the passage of time.
The architects wanted to let their own Ukrainian influences speak for themselves
The hundred-year-old house retains its unique historical traces. For instance, you can still admire the original tatami mats and walls made of clay. Natural wood, bamboo and stone retain the traditional understated calm while Ukrainian accents add a special touch. The neutral, earthy colours also contribute to a warm, serene environment. Along with the artworks, the exclusive furniture pieces embrace imperfection, bringing the interior to life and exuding bliss. This beautiful project is proof that two completely different cultures can perfectly blend into one. The architects preserved the rich history and unique character of the house and created a pleasant place where modesty is central. This exceptional work tells an extraordinary story thanks to MAKHNO's fine approach. Photography by Naoki Miyashita