19 different shades and 26 Roto roof windows
Fairy tale, nature, light
For some, it is nearly ideal, for others it is a mere architectural whim. However, one thing remains certain – the devil is in the details, and absolutely nothing in this domed house is accidental. 294 m² of total area, 11 000 pieces of tiles in 19 different shades and 26 Roto roof windows.
The unique form
“Since we are creating a masterpiece of a house, it should unconditionally come with Roto windows.” Yaroslav Musiyenko, TzOW „ABB Budynok soncya“.
The house is located in a small village Stari Petrivtsi, 30 km north of Kiev, away from the city’s hustle and bustle and its never-ending rush. It is surrounded by a pine forest near a water reservoir called the Kiev Sea. This cosy, quiet and environmentally-friendly location was chosen especially for the needs of the project. The shape of the house form is not accidental; its symbolic meaning dates back to ancient times when the dome was considered a shape dictated by nature, and as such, one conducive to an atmosphere of peace and understanding. The idea of house producers was the desire to return to the roots, expressed in creating a house without angles, where the main value will be that of a conversation, and where freedom will reign together with harmony and unlimited access to natural light.
“Initially, I was sceptical. 26 windows? That won’t work... But I was wrong! Comfortable operation, beautiful view, easy-to-wash position – there is no need to hire a team of mountain climbers to keep the windows clean, and there are no draughts, or leakages. In short, it’s so cool!” Oksana Topchiy, Owner.
Installation of the windows vs. the construction of the dome
In principle, you may risk stating that this house has no roof, or otherwise, that the whole structure is a roof. So how is it really? There is no clear boundary between a wall and the roof. It is not visible. The room creates an optical illusion where the roof window becomes a facade window for a moment. The windows smoothly imitate the angle of inclination of the structure, resulting in a misinterpretation of the image. Optical illusions play tricks on you, which was a lesson learned especially by the roofing group. The surprising shape of the building and having to work with an irregular geometrical form proved to be the biggest challenge. And particularly so, since the project used as many as 26 high-axle windows Designo R7 in different sizes. However, the innovative Roto solution in the form of the pre-installed squares and window flashing allowed for a smooth and efficient execution of roofing works.
Dreams come true: a house of nature and light
A project at the heart of which was a creation of a house that would stand in harmony with nature. As emphasised by Oksana Topchiy, the owner of the house, the dream has become a reality: “In the morning we are woken up by the rays of the sun, which get through the branches of trees; we fall asleep at night, staring at the stars; we take a bath relaxing with the gentle and steady sound of raindrops falling on the window panes”. Roto windows give such possibilities. Thin frame profiles of Designio R7 and ¾ pivot roof window mean unlimited view and appliance of natural light.
A fairy tale roof combined with Roto windows
Perhaps it is the only house in the world, the construction of which used tiles in pastel colours of the rainbow. Set in the forest scenery, the whole structure creates something of a fairytale atmosphere. The Roto roof windows fit into this ambience perfectly: the metallic anthracite tone, the modern shape of the flashing and the lack of visible bolting – they all create a coherent, aesthetic whole which matches perfectly the colourful roofing.
Single-family dome house, Stari Petrivtsi, Ukraine.
TzOW "ABB Budynok soncya", Kiev.
Roto Designo R7.