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Broken House / KWK PROMES

  • 01:00 - 30 December, 2008
Broken House / KWK PROMES
Broken House / KWK PROMES

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Katowice, Poland
  • Architects

  • Project Architect

    Robert Konieczny, Marlena Wolnik
  • Structural Engineer

    Jaroslaw Kaminski
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The building is located on the outskirts of Katowice, near a forest, on land deteriorated by 4th category mining damage, where tectonic faults are a possibility. Hence the connotation of uplifted layers of soil, interwoven with one another, which was the inspiration for the form of the house.

Its structural design comprises rectangular solids contrasting with the ribbon - like structure which winds around them after it emerges from the ground. It is the leitmotif of the building, combining a variety of functions: starting with the swimming pool to the living room with a fireplace and then to the bedroom upstairs.

A noteworthy feature of the ramp is elimination of stoops. Such a solution was achieved by bending the surface of the course, which made it possible to keep its outer edges straight, without bends typical for such structures.

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MAx · June 08, 2009

please give me "broken house" scale. i am going to study it now. i am architect student.

PaoloS · January 06, 2009

very good project! bravo

fino · December 31, 2008

Just doesn't feel or like home to me. It would be the perfect studio for most, but not a home. Some contemporary architects are capable of understanding this, and I think others totally miss it.

musser · December 31, 2008

I agree with ContempArt... I can imagine how a conversation might begin between a visitor and the occupant and almost conclude by the time they reach the ramp's end. It's a nice way to slow ourselves down a bit... fading into a human interaction. Within one's own home, this makes it possible to reconstruct the experience of seeing an old friend from across the plaza and enjoying their approach before they arrive. I think the architects are tuned in to the needs of humanity within a structure.

Contemporary Art · December 31, 2008

I think this ramp design is really interesting. I like the idea that you perceive the space from above before decending into it. The space looks like a very pleasent one to be in.


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