Location: Ornontowice, Poland
Architects in Charge: Przemo łukasik, Lukasz zagała
Associate Architect: Jakub Magon
Project area: 300 sqm
Design year: 2007
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Milosz Jaksik
The main entrance, garage, toilet for guests and a corridor are located to the north whereas bedroom, children room, living, dining and kitchen are to the south. Because of that all rooms enjoy a direct connection with the terrain separated by covered terrace.
The latter could be closed-in partially or entirely by a series of sliding or folding panels made of metal and wooden frames. As to this dialectics underlying the relationships “front – back”, “closed – open house”, the terrace could change almost instantly into an open gallery, a private, permeable space corresponding to the closed gallery on the North side.
Due to the entire glazing of rooms and large doors, the interior space could be seen as either a series of layers – the circulation layer on the North, the living layer, the terrace – or a unique space with minimal partitioning. Additionally this space could work as a whole entirely covered in an opaque or semi-transparent skin, or, quite the contrary, as an extension of the courtyard.
Outside, the horizontal shutters from the south are echoed by the vertical rhythm of the wooden planks (Siberian larch). The plaster of the solid parts, the glazed areas and metal carpentry belong in the same range of colors.
The interior is tougher: exposed concrete floors and ceilings, partition walls made of light concrete blocks painted in white, polycarbonate doors for the built-in furniture. Air-conditioning and the trays for the electric installation are also visible. All this is softened by the generous openings with a view of the nearby forest.