The house in Ukraine consists of two identical parts: these are our twin brothers, who proudly raise their cantilever heads and look into each other’s eyes. They rise above the landscape like silent observers dividing one heartbeat into two.

Futago in Japanese means “twins”. This is a tribute to the fascination with Japanese architecture in general and the architect Tadao Ando in particular.

The house is equipped with the Smart House system with a powerful ventilation system with air filtration and dust collection technology, thermoregulation, floor and glass heating. All these things are hidden from the naked eye behind a veil of cast concrete.

The living room greets you with panoramic windows of 4.5 metres in height and with a spanning view of 8 kilometres.

Impeccable white serves as a canvas for the author’s design strokes. Concrete is also used as a key component of the interior palette.

Suspended from the ceiling in the living room there is a one-and-a-half-ton lamp that draws the eye towards the blue kitchen at the far side of the room.

Concrete and white spiral staircases wind from the 1st floor to the bedrooms. The greenery from outside flows into the house. The boundaries between external and internal are blurred. The living room becomes a part of the scenery.

Each bedroom has a separate bathroom and dressing room. All are united by a single concrete line but each has its colour: from caramel-sand to dark copper.

“This house has become both a continuation of nature and its opposition. Futago is a blank sheet of paper in which tons of concrete, glass, passion, and the power of the human spirit have merged. All to admire the beauty around and learn to see the beauty inside,” comments the founder of the studio and architect Serhii Makhno.

The lower concrete horizontal serves not only as a support for the upper console but also as a terrace with a lawn and works by contemporary Ukrainian artists: “Space Around” by Nazar Bilyk, “Atlant” by Yegor Zigur, “Kroli” by Serhii Makhno.

The monolith of the house was poured out of 20 thousand tons of concrete. The principal decision was to order the material from a Ukrainian manufacturer because the logistics of concrete is complex and not ecological, especially in such sizes.

And when the windows became walls and the doors had to reach almost five metres in height, magic happened — a separate assembly of double-glazed windows was opened in Odesa exclusively for the Futago project, each of which weighed 1 ton.

“We built this project to overstep the existing boundaries. There are no matters that cannot be solved. There are no projects that cannot be implemented. Futago is a clear example of this,” says Olha Sobchyshyna, the studio’s chief engineer.

Photography by Serhii Kadulin

Architecture & Design by Sergey Makhno Architects

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