Autofamily House / KWK Promes

  • 09 Oct 2013
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Architects: KWK Promes
Author: Robert Konieczny
Collaboration: Katarzyna Furgalińska, Magdalena Adamczak, Łukasz Marciniak
Structural Engineering: Kornel Szyndler
Area: 990.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Olo Studio, Juliusz Sokołowski

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© Juliusz Sokołowski

From the architect. Autofamily house represents a new way of thinking about the entrance area in a suburban residence. We usually enter the house by a car, using the garage integrated in main solid. The main entrance is rarely used. Nowadays the cars are becoming cleaner and more eco-friendly, hence the idea emerged to include the garage into the representative entrance area. As a result, a new type of a family house emerged. In the Autofamily House the entrance area and the driveway get transformed into an unique multifunctional space and the moment of driving in the house become a pleasant experience.

© Juliusz Sokołowski

The terrain is leveled in order to obtain two zones: the driveway space and the private garden. The driveway is left on the ground level and the house with intimate garden is lifted 3 meters above and separated by a retaining wall. As to comfort access to the building, in meaning of parking the car on the level of living room, a route connecting the two levels were designed. However, to avoid dividing the garden, the driveway is covered with a green roof and finished with walls serving as borderlines. The result is a tunnel emerging in the garden, becoming a house. The owner is an art collector so the tunnel is also used as a gallery of his paintings collection.

Ground Floor Plan
Cite: "Autofamily House / KWK Promes" 09 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Jon

    This is the most nauseously excessive thing I have ever seen. What is the need for the monolithic retaining wall? How long will it take to mow the lawn? How many cars can drive through the middle of the house side-by-side? WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS?

    • MrP

      Totally agree. This is a fetish house for maniac.

      • Jackob

        WEll it is a luxury house for a family with a gardener. Point of it? Whats the point of giant gardens and 2000 square meters houses? Luxury…

  • showkath ali

    such a great concept :)

  • jen

    Maybe emissions wise cars are cleaner. But what about all the crud, oil & nastiness you drive over on a daily basis? I wouldn’t want to bring that into the house. This is a housekeeping nightmare.

  • martinus

    Ironically, however, is that the house exactly became what the concept diagram tries to avoid.