Wood Patchwork House by Peter Kostelov


Architect Peter Kostelov has completed a riverside summer house in Tverskaya, Russia.

Called Wood Patchwork House, the building has a surface divided into rectangles and clad in an assortment of wooden slats painted in different colours.

The house overlooks the Volga river in the Tverskaya region of Russia.

The house was built as a second home - dacha in Russian - and has three storeys to allow guests the best view of the river from their window.

The clients asked for the building to comfortably house four adults, some of whom would work from home, and a few guests.

It contains a kitchen, dining room, guest rooms and bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a studio, two wardrobe rooms and two verandas.

The interior carries on the theme of slatted wood, and the living spaces are arranged around a central wooden staircase.

See our previous story about an apartment in Moscow by Kostelov.

Photographs are by Alexey Knyazev.

Here's some more information from Peter Kostelov:


Russian Wood Patchwork House: “DACHA”


The plot where the future summer cottage was planned to be built is located quite near the Volga River in a small village in Tverskaya Region, Konakovsky District and is on the way to Saint Petersburg, 140 km from Moscow.

The blocked foundation of 6,500 mm times 8,700 mm size was already laid there.

Thus it set the gabarit size of future cottage (Russians call them “dacha”).

Extra supports were specially made for open space terrace and shed.

Frame and wainscot technology was implemented in the construction.

Panels being heated by insulation materials and pellicle are made from squared timber 140mm times 45mm size which are inside and outside trimmed by OSB followed by finishing.

Why three levels cottage? Firstly, terrific view of the Volga is available only when one is on the 3d floor.

Secondly, hardly would it be possible to place all purpose rooms only on two floors.


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.


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.
a) traditional wooden overlapping planks as well as just wooden planks;
b) modern molded board, forged square timber;
c) 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.


Location: Alexino village, Konakovsky District, Tverskaya region, Russia
Plot: Plane plot between forest and Volga river
Site area: 86 m2
House area: 133 м2,
Terraces area 48 м2
Architecture, Interior Design: Peter Kostelov
Development effort: Alexey Lyalin
Wood construction: zao «NLK Domostroeniye»
Developer: zao “Orbat”, Andrey Tolstoy
Furniture making: Vladimir Kostelov
Projecting: 2005-2006
Building: 2007-2009

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  • KONG

    Looks very strange , but i have to admit that i have an awkward sympathy for it . And Kostelov seems to have an awkward sympathy for stereotypical soviet clichees judging from this project and the moscow apartment. One could call it a refreshing interpretation of russian regionalism.

  • tommi

    seriously tasteful!

  • Juampi Z

    Interesting… I like it very much functionally.

  • WOW WOW! is this a dream house of everyone? absolutely ME:)

  • Balkan

    Very cool project…Not to much designed, so it still allows freedom, but beautifull enough….Very good:)

  • Serge

    это, кажется, первый пост отечественных архитекторов на dezeen
    первый и очень качественный не только с точки зрения архитектуры, но и с точки зрения подачи. хорошо, что есть какая-то аутентичность в этом проекте – когда мельком видишь первую фотку, почему-то вспоминается японская деревянная архитектура, но это только на п ервый взгляд, при внимательном рассмотрении виден особый характер пропорций, пространства и подхода к материалу

  • ajj

    I mean it is proper russian house!

  • Raoul Freytag

    very very nice!! but the stairs outside of the building disturb…..

  • rodger

    understated use of wood.

  • My preferred medium for furniture is wood and I generally like it in most applications. The interior is fantastic. Maybe it’s just my bias towards wood but outside of the house is awesome as well. I’m tired of cutting edge architecture being square boxes. Though it’s clearly a box I feel the lines the wood siding made gave it depth and made it into something more.

  • kur0yi

    cant say id like the lightning in the photos…

  • Vincent#1

    Hmmm.. A bit overdone for my taste , just like his house in moscow it lacks finesse.

    It must be inspired by japanese houses, but the absence of refinement makes it a kind of “Japan gone wrong”

  • m0saique

    Incredible detail, a commendable wood structure specially when you look at the ceilings. I only wish the furniture color would have been more varied so that it would actually compliment the wood.

  • Peter

    There is something immensely elegant about this house, I would love to see how it weathers over the years, will it turn into an evenly weathered silvery grey patterned patchwork in 10 years? The rooms seem to be particularly light filled despite the dark wood, and the play of shadows interesting… one thing I find quite funny is the un-harmonious relationship between the “modern classic” light fittings (predictable), and the traditionalism of the construction and the rather warm feeling of the interiors… the lighting looks like an afterthought which has been bolted on by someone other than the designer. More subversive lighting strategies such as those by David Adjaye Would have been better suited, which is apparent in some shots and not others…. Well done though… When is the site treatment going to be finished? (Landscape) Would like to see the context a bit more.

  • Kostelov was educated as scenic decorator (http://kostelov.ru/e_who.html), maybe because of this he evidently loves dramatic effects in interiors.

    I like the TV niches.

  • calle

    I really like the concept and watching it on the computer screen… but I’d go crazy with all that wood!

  • The exterior is fantastic. Don’t like some elements of the interior: the rustic kitchen cabinetry, for example. And would decorate quite differently because it all feels a little too brown to me. Overall, however, this is lovely.

  • morrissey

    10+6+20+12=48 (x2) – (10 +20)

  • Seductive & welcoming but I have my doubts about the seemingly total woodiness – I would have liked to seen some others materials used just to give a counterpoint. Perhaps it’s a case of not being able to see the wood for the wood.

  • Diego

    Why do Russians always have to overdo everything…all I see is wood, wood and more wood. Would have appreciated it more if they’d mixed more materials. Just like the Russian I know, “Pop-rivet, Best Russian Invention, I fix everythink wit Pop-Rivet. Who need Western Duct-Tape!!”

  • Niels

    Judging this house would mean I will compare and when comparing I look at 2 things and so not 100% focused to one – many think that to compare is essential for progress, for understanding and intellectual development, I think it is not -and yet when looking at only the pictures of this house then I see an exceptional effective house, exceptionally vivid, build with natural materials and with an authentic purpose & that’s only when looking at the pictures, imagine the feel & experience when “living” the house…WOW ..!! …

  • roxy

    Niels, beautifully said :]

  • yashodapathirana

    There’s something about this house that is just enchanting and nostalgic.

  • мишка

    как ведет себя снежный массив зимой? крыша с подогревом?