This guest house by Russian architect Peter Kostelov has a patchwork timber facade with perforated panels that look like paper doilies (+ slideshow).
The Deco Pattern House is located in the grounds of a house in Russia's Konakovsky district and was influenced by the decorative style of early nineteenth-century Russian architecture.
"It's reminiscent of old Soviet-time buildings when people had limited access to building materials, so as a result most private houses looked like patchwork blankets," Peter Kostelov told Dezeen.
The timber facade is broken up into a series of squares and rectangles, differentiated with pine slats of different sizes, orientations and finishes. All joints are hidden behind overlapping planks of white-painted wood, fixed to one another with zinc screws.
Doors and windows are surrounded by the decorative plywood panels and trims, featuring laser-cut patterns that look like computer pixels.
"The ornament seems to consist of enlarged pixels, bringing the modern computer to the decor," explained Kostelov. "Similar drawings used to be seen on ornaments embroiled on tissues and were copied and multiplied like patterns framing the edges of the shape," he added.
The guest house encompasses two bedrooms, an office space, a shower and a toilet along with a small kitchen and dining area. The living room sits between the two bedrooms while a workshop area is isolated from the rest of the house.
This isn't the first time Kostelov has created a house with a patchwork facade. He previously designed a riverside summerhouse clad with an assortment of wooden slats in Tverskaya, Russia. See more design by Peter Kostelov »
Photography is by Zinon Razutdinov.
Here's some more from the architect:
This house is the second after the bigger cottage on the same plot. It is the guests' house. Apart from living room and a kitchen there are two bedrooms, toilet with shower, a workshop and storage. There is also a veranda and a garage for two cars. This house faces the bigger cottage. Its facade is richly decorated, which is sure to ennoble the plot and makes an attractive view if to look out of the bigger cottage. The house's dimension is due to the size of the plot - 21 metres long and 6 metres wide - which is corresponding to the minimal size for two cars parking. Each of the two rather small bedrooms has kingsize beds, office zones and storage place for guests' comfortable staying. Shower and toilet are next to the entrance. The living room is between two bedrooms. There are also a small kitchen, dining room and a divan area. Open air veranda with its small window for airing is under the housetop of the building. As for the workshop it is isolated so that the residents wouldn't disturb the guests.
The idea of the house decorations is recognisable for Russian style: a lot of decorative elements placed around windows and doors. Simple shapes and classical decorative elements should have created harmony. Walls are cut into segments and differ from each other in size of trimming wooden elements, colour and texture all of which create moving background. Above them decorative elements – trims and shutters are fixed. Joints of linings and threads are covered with crosswise planks fixed with visible zinc screws creating a bulge effect on simple shape of facade. Ornament of decorative elements is graphically processed. Oval elements are removed from it. The ornament seems to consist of enlarged pixels bringing modern computer origin of decor. Similar drawings used to be seen on ornaments embroiled on tissues and were copied and multiplied like patterns framing the edges of the shape.
Foundation is like a belt made of channel and is based on steel piles screwed evenly every 3 metres. Roof made from metal panels. Frame and panel technology is implemented in building of this house with timber 50 х 150 mm, insulation, hydro and wind proof pellicle and wooden trimming of both sides of walls. Decorative elements are made of waterproof plywood of 15 mm. thick.
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