The apartment house is located in Kharkiv downtown which has a peculiar middle-rise scale, formed in the early twentieth century. The parcel of our small plot corresponded to the usual land use patterns in the neighborhood, but the building was planned to be a little higher than the existing scale. So we introduced a two-part composition, which consists of the main volume and the superstructure, retracted from the red line. The main brick volume is followed by the “wooden” layer. Old bricks, taken from a demolished building in the neighboring street, formed a substrate material for our project.