Traditional Ukrainian folk architecture is not something you usually come across. Looking something straight out of a forest fairytale, that's why these conical wood, cane, clay and grass-thatched structures proposed for Ukraine's Three Stacks eco-hotel are especially interesting, in addition to their energy-efficient lighting and architectural form that is native to the region.
Made from natural materials (which we assume will be sourced locally), Yanko Design states that the site's design -- demonstrated by a curving fence that weaves throughout the property -- will "[link the three buildings] through modern energy-efficient lighting in combination with landscape elements also native to the region."
In the sustainable long run, preservation of traditional building knowledge, techniques and locally-appropriate building technology should be a high priority. (One great example is English architect Laurie Baker, who dedicated his life to resurrecting building traditions in his adopted country of India, even as climatically-inappropriate concrete and glass modernism was introduced.)
It's a fine line though: sometimes, when tourism gets added to the mix, there's a confusing clash between authenticity and business that could border on kitsch. One can't know unless designers scrupulously avoid it from the outset.
Nevertheless, the Three Stacks project is conceptually interesting since it employs traditional architecture, but we're hoping to see even more overtly ecological features -- inside and out -- if it does get built.
More images at Levko Davydyuk's Behance website.