Location:south of Poland
Location:the north of Poland
Location:Pielgrzymowice / Cracow
Location:the north of Poland
A large summer house with an extensive recreational function. The primary design assumption was to embed the house in the surrounding topography – a vast plot in the mountains, which includes a slope falling into the southwestern direction. The house was located in the center of the parcel, in the place of the meadow surrounded by a forest from all sides. We assumed a building form which would reflect the local context – hence the tall roofs and natural materials, such as stone and wood, thanks to which the house looks like a small dwelling, a small cluster of huts. When approached, the villa is to express its contemporary descent, since the form of the building is based on a rhythm of gable roofs resting on the ground, without vertical walls. This solution is aimed at tying the house with the ground and with the slope, merging it with the natural local topography.
In functional terms, the house is a linear structure – all forms were applied on the parallel line to the contour lines, however, particular segments were shifted towards one another. The shift removed the heavy and overwhelming form quality from the building – the scale of the building was broken down. A composition of “apexes”, a group of roofs was formed this way to resemble a small village. At the same time, the layout may be interpreted as a reminiscence of the mountains, where particular roofs express mountain massifs with valleys and hollows.
The linear layout offers one significant advantage: all residential areas were located on the southwestern side, thanks to which all of them overlook the beautiful mountain panorama. Communication and utility rooms were located at the opposite side of the unit.
A road that is partially sunken into the ground leads to the house. The earthbound side of the road is secured with Corten steel. Behind it, we will find the multi-position garage and a technical rooms covered with green ceiling merging with the slope. A similar, although slightly different solution was adopted in the SPA and swimming pool area, which is roofed with what turns out to be an extensive terrace spreading on the slope located above.
Though sinking a great part of the rooms into the ground, the true scale of the building is covered. Architecture melts into the surrounding, which is why it is difficult to establish where the house ends and where nature begins.
The surface is dominated by warm in character, tall roofs of the residential part. The form of the building is covered with three types of stone of varying formats, which act as the wall lining and the roof lining, as well as cedar planks.
The residential part consists of the guest house, forming a separate part to the owners’ residential wing which, as the only one, is equipped with an attic housing bedrooms.
From the side of the slope, you will see the triangular house form with the main living room, which is partially separated from the ground, thanks to which the terrace protruding from this side, including its vast glazed surfaces, seem to be suspended in air, offering amazing views of the mountain. Other terraces were located on different sides of the building, in various configurations, to respond to the picturesque values of the plot.
Summer resort villa with an extensive recreational function