LocationGmina Kobylanka, Poland
Architect in ChargeAnna Paszkowska-Thurow, Krzysztof Paszkowski-Thurow
Collaboratorsurbicon sp. z o.o.
Text description provided by the architects. In close vincinity of Szczecin, in Kobylanka there is one house, differing from the “typical” suburban cityscape. Designed by architect’s couple Anna and Krzysztof Paszkowski-Thurow resembles immediately a picture of modern barn. Compact and energy-saving house is exploring archetype of typical polish countryside architecutre yet Anna and Krzysztof have merged it with innovation by using modern material and colour settings like dark-grey fibre cement slates as facade and roof cladding. On the contrary gable walls were plastered in white. Southern wall has a dynamic cut-out which forms roofed sundeck. Bold silhouette of the building makes a strong statement: there is a border between contemporary and “typical” architecture.
This house was a comission from a young couple and although it may not seem obvious, this is a family friendly “barn”. To proove that, there is a clear distiction between day, working and resting zones both for parents and yougsters. There is also a double height living room interconnected with common space on the 1st floor, allowing for good communication among the house.
When designing interiors of this house, Anna has referred to the character of the owners, their job as landscape developers and their numerous travels. Therefore all surfaces in the house might be characterised as rough and natural. Floor is paved with open-pore travertine and white-oiled oak planks. Kitchen is open integrated with the dining room. Spine of the building is created by centrally located staircase housing also storage area underneath, finished with white-oiled oak. Modern bathroom was designed in black emperador marble inspired by turkish-bath look, resembling distant eastern voyages of owners.
Anna and Krzysztof are architects, graduated from Szczecin’s Technical University and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. Their style is underpinned by a subtle play of clean lines and natural materials as well as love for nordic internal warmth and order. They are often referring to Oskar Hansen’s saying: "We’re treating architecture as a backgroung exposing life’s processes, not like a majority of architects, understanding it (architecture) as a thing itself - composed and described”
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