Denoted as one of the noblest building materials, wood in interiors has an undeniable overall contribution towards its aesthetics and feel. With its significant prevalence since previous centuries, let’s check out the expanded possibilities of the material with these contemporary and spectacular projects.
1. Ukrainian Wabi Sabi. 5.0
Firm: Sergey Makhno Architects
Location: Kozyn, Kyiv.
Team: Sergey Makhno, Serhii Filonchuk, Olha Sobchyshyna, Illia Tovstonog, Ihor Tykhyi
Photography: Serhii Kadulin
A balance between emptiness and comfort, nature and technology, passion and zen, is what this impeccable project exudes. Dipped in the aesthetics of natural elements, the space is a perfect symbiosis of flamboyance and glory. The planning of the apartment is kept as simple as possible. The walls of the living room are in clay, the ceiling is in clay and wood, one of the four walls is a window. Japanese wabi-sabi way of life is a peaceful joy to accept the full life circle and hence this guides the perfection of the design. It is beautiful to see the Ashwood on the floor, which is warmed with granny’s carpets, that this family has preserved both as spiritual traditions and material.
2. Umah Hati
Masterplan: Studio Jencquel together with the Owner and Landscaper (Menno Landstra)
Location:Sayan, Ubud, Bali
Architectural Design:Studio Jencquel
Interior Design: Studio Jencquel in collaboration with the Owner
Photography: Tommaso Riva
Umah Hati (Tranquil Heart) is an indulging and humble private villa, also commencing a subtle audacious hybrid that bridges the West and the East together. It seamlessly blends with the environment, giving it the feeling of a large cabin. There is no doubt about the fact that the designers have used the best ways to highlight natural delight. This vernacular project displays local materials in the best possible style. Indonesian ironwood has been used for the roof and structure. Rafters are made of Bankirai wood, sanded smooth and left natural. Woven rattan from Sulawesi beautifully complements the interior, while ironwood shingles secure the roof cover. The most stunning part of the plan is a garden space discovered by the workers, hidden along the river’s edge which is furnished with a wooden platform.
3. The Brown House
Firm: The Drawing Studio
Area: 157.93 sq. m approx
Lead Architect: Deepshikha Jaiswal Raut
Photography: Sachin Pow
As Frank Lloyd Wright puts it “Wood is universally beautiful to man. It’s the most humanly intimate of all materials.” Indeed, The Brown House sums up all unfettered nuances of the material. A beautiful combination of old Burma teak and surreal organic hues brings warmth and character to space, making it more intimate, larger and tighter. As the beauty of all the natural elements lies in its raw form, every wood is different that takes it’s own course. There is no doubt that the entire house leaves no stone unturned in asserting wood to be the best choice in terms of the base material. The material forms a tactile experience for design which makes it evergreen.
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