House in the woods / Hayakawa/Kowalczyk

  • 07 Oct 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Marcin Czechowicz

Architects: Hayakawa/Kowalczyk
Location: , Poland
Design Team: Emiko Hayakawa, Aureliusz Kowalczyk
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcin Czechowicz , Juliusz Sokołowski

© Juliusz Sokołowski

From the architect. This family house stands amongst dense pine trees on the outskirts of Warsaw. Open ground floor plan with a living room, dining, kitchen area and separated level with bedrooms for four members of the family were required by the client in the initial brief.

© Marcin Czechowicz

Located in the middle of the woods, prior to any current development in the neighborhoods, was designed to recall a stone that has been thrown and left intact. A faceted shape of the house, higher towards the main access road and lower to the garden is a result of the long study between required program and the volume.

© Marcin Czechowicz

The windows are of different sizes and appear randomly positioned. Each of them is framing a different view of the surrounding trees. Living room facing south opens up completely thanks to large fully glazed, sliding doors which allows to take a deep plunge outside and rest on the wooden deck terrace. Each room has been designed to accommodate variety of different spatial qualities of the faceted shape of the house.

© Juliusz Sokołowski

Used materials are modest and compliment carefully studied volume of the building. Grey brick was chosen as the primary cladding to create monolithic character along with roof which is cladded with titanium zinc steel completing the process of consolidating.

First Floor Plan
Cite: "House in the woods / Hayakawa/Kowalczyk" 07 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>

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