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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Volga House in Tverskaya region, Russia by Peter Kostelov

July 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Peter Kostelov

Russian Wood Patchwork House: “dacha” by Peter Kostelov


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;

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

  • Architect: Peter Kostelov
  • Name of Project: Volga House
  • Location: Alexino village, Konakovsky District, Tverskaya region, Russia
  • Plot: Plane plot between forest and Volga river
  • Site area: 86 m2
  • Photographer: Alexey Knyazev

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

  • House area: 133 м2,
  • Terraces area: 48 м2
  • 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

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

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.

Front View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

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.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)


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.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)


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.

Dining Table (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

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.


Interior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

Bedroom (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

Bedroom (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Alexey Knyazev)




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