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Robin Monotti Architects - Yacht House in Foros, Ukraine

The Yacht House, in Foros, Ukraine, was designed by Robin Monotti Architects. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

London-based Robin Monotti Architects designed the Yacht House on the shores of the Black Sea in Foros, Ukraine. With an interesting compound program, the all-white modern building combines a large water-level boathouse space with upper-floor apartments. Details of the 875-square-meter (9,420-square-foot) building recall nautical motifs.

View of the sea from one of the residential units. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

"The client initially required winter storage space for his 13 meter (43-foot) yacht. The client later decided to add three rental apartments and captain's accommodation to make the most of the site. A significant challenge was how to design the building so that the apartments were not overpowered by the massive door required for the yacht.  Other challenges were presented by a steeply sloping site in a seismically active area, and its proximity to the sea which in bad weather could drench the house in corrosive salt water." – Robin Monotti Architects

Rear view. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

The design is anchored by the yacht room, connected to the water by a railed slipway. Balancing the visual weight of the double-height ground level, a series of three distinct volumes are stacked above, with extensive views from indoor spaces and generous balconies outfitted with glass railings.

A tall stair tower connects the buildings floors, and according to the architect, its slit-like windows recall the nearby fortifications of Balaklava.

Side view. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

Project Credits
  • Architect: Robin Monotti Architects: Robin Monotti Graziadei, Fannar Haraldsson
  • Client: Private
  • Structural engineer: Gennadiy Gyrushta
  • Main contractor: Igor Shutkin

Project Details
  • Begun: August 2011
  • Completed: September 2012
  • Total Area: 875 square meters (9,420 square feet)
  • Yacht room dimensions: 7 metres (23 feet) wide, 15 metres (49 feet)  deep and 6 metres (20 feet) high
  • Sector: Residential Holiday Flats
  • Total cost: 1M GB Pounds

View from the uphill slope. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

Interior staircase. Photo: © Ioana Marinescu

Third-floor plan drawing. Photo: © Robin Monotti Architects
Section drawing. Photo: © Robin Monotti Architects

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