Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

In each more or less large Belarusian city there is a separate universe - the private sector, in which wealthy people live and who are not in the short term threatened with demolition. Evil tongues call these neighborhoods "the valley of the beggars," the "local ruble," the haven for orphans - which cannot be said when it does not shine for you personally to go to the mansions. The most memorable and colorful houses, of course, are being built in Minsk and near the capital. But the regional centers are trying to keep up. Together with one of the founders of the architectural bureau Zrobym Architects, Aleksey Korablev, we appreciated (from an aesthetic point of view) the most outstanding constructions of the private sector in Vitebsk.

According to Alexei, the overall situation on the architectural front is becoming more fun: boxes of the same type with small windows and boring roofing are becoming a thing of the past, and their houses are occupied by houses that correspond to the spirit of the times.
- People who are engaged in construction at the moment, have already begun to move away from standard projects.They want to realize something individual, interesting, because finally they understood that a typical solution does not always meet the needs of a particular family. Also, customers began to pay more attention to the exterior, realizing that it is as important as the interior.
In Belarus, now mostly small houses are being built, and our understanding of the word “small” is radically different from the Russian one. For neighbors a small house is less than 200 square meters, for Belarusians it is already a big cottage. In general, our people try to limit themselves to functional 80-150 "squares". And more and more people approach the construction site wisely: since the process of building a house is very costly (almost a matter of a lifetime), they start to calculate everything and boldly refuse excesses.
Big area - big bills?
A massive beige mansion, hidden behind an impregnable gray fence, strikes from afar - obviously, a lot of money has been invested in it, while the owner is ready to part with his brainchild and put it up for sale.

- Most likely, this house was built back in the nineties - then the cottages in the castle style of 500 "squares" and more were fashionable.It is very indicative that the house is for sale: to serve and heat such areas is very problematic. In addition, the composition of the family may change: children grow up, leave, and the mansions become useless to no one.
As a rule, the first house that a person builds is always the desire to make more, better, richer. And then suddenly it turns out that this is not claimed. Yes, the owners have the money: the plot is well maintained, all the trees are neatly trimmed. But at the same time, in my opinion, this is not a status house: once the owner had the means, and he invested in the construction site, but now, apparently, the financial situation has changed.

From an architectural point of view, the house is of no value. It’s not a fact that they paid for this project at all - maybe they found something suitable from a friend of the architect and adapted it. It even seems to me that he was being completed in stages - new volumes appeared over time, “capturing” more and more land. As for the roof, this is an obvious reference to the Middle Ages - peaks, weathercocks ... Apparently, a person likes this historical period or simply roofers said: “You have a chimney, we can decorate it, and also make a fence”, and the owner agreed.There is no trace of a consistent line in architecture: a lot of things are mixed in - even the Middle Ages are not completely complete.
House like a fairy tale

- A log house is a non-killing classic. This is about the same as a man to wear a suit: it always looks organic. And then there is a log-round - canonical nowhere. There is no avant-garde here, strict observance of traditions. It is good that the house is built of wood: eco-friendly, comfortable. The building does not cause rejection, everything is quite harmonious. The only thing is that the fence does not fit at all, but it already seems to be the Belarusian national trait - to build deaf and high fences, behind which neither you can see, nor you cannot see anyone.

The house is rather complex shape. Why was it built this way, I find it difficult to say: work in several stages, reconstruction, architectural idea? .. Those who plan to build a house from a log house should take into account that such a building should be treated philosophically: for example, a gap may appear over time in the wall, and from this no one is immune. In addition, log cabins are cold houses (if the wall is not double), which means that you will have to spend more on heating than if walls were erected from the same expanded clay concrete.Therefore, such houses are mainly built as cottages, for seasonal living in the warm season.
"White Cube"

A white and black house with large windows is another visible building in the private sector of Vitebsk.
“When starting a construction site, people are very worried about purchasing all the materials, providing for timely delivery, and so on. But at the same time, many people forget that the “intangible” - the project of the building - is much more important than the blocks purchased the day before. In the house you have to live for years, look at it too, so you should not ignore this side of the question and think: “I can do everything myself”.

As for the architecture, there is nothing remarkable in this house: the volume of the first floor was repeated on the second and covered with a sloping roof. Ideas, in fact, no - the simplest and most obvious solution. At the same time, this building is credited with the fact that it is without towers and not multi-colored. The white color hides the volume (in any other color the house would look even more bulky), the dark gray metal tile is a small plus in karma. Also, the windows are much larger than in the first house - this is good.
"Napoleon's Hat"

“I think that this house has very high ceilings,” says Alexey Korablev.- Why did the owner decide to do so? Maybe a steep terrain or a narrow area, and therefore the owner "went to the height." It is not clear why they forgot about the chimney, and then they put on the facade a noticeable metal pipe that spoils the view.

The building looks disproportionate. The roof is big, dark and weighs on the house. Mansard roof (sort of like) has such a height that you could easily organize a full floor. It can be seen that the storm water is installed, but I am sure that it does not work for one hundred percent: because of the slope, the water will fall on it at such a rate that the drains cannot cope. The most annoying is that the roof is really expensive, and it could have been done differently. But for sellers of roofing materials can be happy: they are clearly well earned.
"Terry nineties"

This house, which once looked like a palace, the owner is also in a hurry to sell. Moreover, it sets an ambitious task of exchanging for housing in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Maybe there is a wish? ..
— I saw a similar house near Dzerzhinsk, I was told its story- recalls one of the founders of the architectural studio Zrobym Architects. -In the nineties, people "rose" by selling firecrackers on the Zhdanovichi.Feeling the money, literally in six months I built myself a palace. This is probably the same story. The house is the best suited for the seller of firecrackers: castle style with decorations. But, alas, it is not baroque or something like that. There is no style at all: as it was painted, it was just built. Apparently, the architect followed the strict instructions of the customer. The silicate fence also speaks for itself.

Again, note: the house was built of beautiful brick, laid out the elements, and now they are insulated and plaster. That is, the palace turned out to be cold, and now all the beauty for which the owner has advocated will be buried. Yes, and the bricks have already begun to crumble. It seems to me that this house is an aggravating circumstance for the plot (if it is located in a good place). Take down - and the price of land will rise.
Noble roots

- This is perhaps the largest house seen. It probably has about 700 "squares". Judging by the state of grass on the site, they are not actively engaged in construction now. If it is sold, I will understand why.
The building is very reminiscent of a noble estate. If I saw this somewhere in the forest, I would say that this is a Radziwill estate: it was obviously built in this way.By the way, the example is not the worst - the volumes, the proportions look more or less organic. White plastic windows and plaster are all hurt.

It is obvious that the construction of such a manor house has already pulled a huge amount of money from the owners' wallets. No less will it take to bring it to mind. Looking at all this, the question arises: why build an estate in 2018? Maybe it would be simpler and cheaper to buy an estate of the 18th century and, having restored it, to live in it ...
Modern touches

This house is very different from everything being built in Vitebsk. Directly "newcomer" among the palaces and the same type of "boxes".
- Here they clearly turned to the architect for help. This is an unusual house with a complex roof and underlined symmetry. How well it turned out, I find it difficult to say: he is clearly the best of the rest, but I don’t build myself an amateur project.

It is strange why the windows are quite small. In modern housing want more light, unity with nature. Maybe this moment is compensated by the size of the windows in the courtyard? If the project was drawn by a young architect, then he clearly has the makings of becoming a good specialist. It is possible that the impact of the customer.It seems to me that the project was initially more daring and interesting.
Italian house

“In this case, the roof ruined everything.” The man obviously saved, and it turned out what happened. But it took a lot of money to decorate the walls with stone, it is really expensive. Moreover, as a result, the walls look good, fairly neat. But the roof is terribly cheap.

If, instead of a composite, a real tile of natural color had been laid on the roof, the view would have been completely different - the house would have looked like an Italian mansion. It would be much prettier and more harmonious. Well, a terrible fence - the eternal theme.
Where without turrets?

- Looking at this house, I do not even know what to say. The tower, of course, in vain. Take it away - and there will be an ordinary house without a claim. And so ... Probably, the customer asked about her very much: apparently, he wanted to please the child. The architect held on and resisted and at some point gave up. It turned out the classic nineties.

House of Culture

- The style is quite interesting - some kind of 1998 deconstructivism. The building does not resemble a residential house, but a house of culture or administration, an executive committee. Maybe they built it so that the project would not disappear (if the business did not go and the public building could not be built).

In any case, it would not be worthwhile to paint the walls in different colors, it would look much more uniform. And the expensive fence is definitely not from here - it would be worth moving it to an “Italian” house. Yes, it would be necessary for two owners to exchange fences.




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  • Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians

    Valley of the poor: houses of the wealthy Belarusians