shentseva garden, Kharkov
At the request of fellow architect Oleg Drozdov from the Ukraine, we designed a number of gardens for private houses in the Ukraine. The garden that belongs to the house of Nonna Shentseva is located in the suburbs of Kharkov on the edge of a wooded area.
The house is positioned to the rear of the plot and opens out to the woods to the north and east. There is a height difference of more than 6 metres between the house and the northern boundary. The garden design entails a proposal for a more enclosed and formal garden close to the house, the so-called ‘chamber garden’, and a more country style garden that bridges the height difference, which we call the ‘terrace garden’. In addition, the house has a kitchen garden, as is customary in the Ukraine.
In the ‘terrace garden’ the height difference is bridged by four stone plateaus
In the ‘terrace garden’ the height difference is bridged by four stone plateaus. These architectural elements, which partially continue the lines and the direction of the building, contrast with the lushly flowering country-style garden. Centrally positioned in the garden are Japanese cherry trees, which flower longer and more abundantly than their edible counterparts.
Tijdschrift uit de Ukraine, Anton Pryhodko, pp. 36-38, February 2008