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House in Krostoszowice


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House in Krostoszowice

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3,281 sq. feet



  • Robert Skitek
  • Jakub Zygmunt
  • Zbigniew Prucnal

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Project Description


Krostoszowice is a village in a southern part of Silesia (region in Poland). The investor owns large parcel with a significant slope in the east. The building should to stand on the highest point of the parcel, close to the road, in the north- west corner.

The surrounding buildings are very diverse and chaotic. There are mainly houses from the 60's and 70's.

The surrounding landscape interested us more than unexciting development context. Hilly area and forest in the background has become a main point of reference. The building fits to existing topography and coincides with the landscape. The house is open towards the most interesting views and separate from the nearest buildings.

From the street we can see single-story building with garage and glass foyer in-between. This characteristic body of the buildings are made by low wall and the sloping roof, and they are covered totally with slate. Concrete fence wall marks platform with building, entrance area, driveway and wooden terrace suspended over the ground.

Bedrooms are located downstairs. This part of the building is partially covered by ground and invisible from the street. Under the upper terrace, at the ground level is second, is a fully covered terrace. Exterior cantilevered stairs link both terraces.

In interiors, white surfaces of walls and slanted ceiling are complemented by glass, polished concrete and natural wood floors, wooden stairs and dark accessories. On the top level there is an open living room. Pantry, study room, toilet and kitchen are hidden in white cuboid. Above cuboid there is a mezzanine with bookcase. Wooden stairs are a conspicuous part of the living room.

When we go downstairs we can walk out directly to lower terrace. On this floor there are 2 rooms for children, a main bedroom with dressing room, toilet, technical rooms with laundry room and climbing gym. In addition, storage accessible from the outside is located on the lower floor.

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