Living-Garden House in Katowice

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Living-Garden House

Contemporary Polish Home – design by Robert Konieczny – KWK Promes architects

page updated 26 Dec 2016 with new photos ; 23 + 22 May 2015

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Design: Robert Konieczny – KWK Promes, architects

Location: Katowice, Poland

A New Dimension of Home

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Living-Garden Home attempts at redefining the single-family house to integrate architecture with nature. The classic household division into the living area, located in the ground floor and the sleeping area above was transformed into new typology.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

During the day, we should be able to interact with the environment, with the light (cognitive functions), whereas in the night, we appreciate separation from the environment (safety function).

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Dichotomy is thus born: the ground floor opens up to the garden under the floor ledge, whereas the first floor is more introvert. Living space merges with nature, glass partitions are the sole protection against the weather. The floor extends the lawn by utilizing grass mimicking materials.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The living room has become the living-garden. We live in the garden during the day and enclose in the cocoon at night – an idea derived from the past. Our ancestors would harvest food in daylight while sheltering in the trees at night. Living Garden restores the original order.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The house was built in Katowice, Poland. The form and materials represent local traditions – of Silesian worker settlements featuring red masonry walls and asphalt-lined gable roofs.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Moreover, local plans enforced traditional development, which was, however, ultimately transformed – to ensure maximum privacy, the ground floor was set parallel to the road for the building to isolate the backyard garden from the road, whereas the first floor was shifted at 90 degrees to overhang and penetrate the garden.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The building has thus acquired two faces. Street-side, it is enclosed, inaccessible, raising the comfort of its residents, guaranteeing maximum intimacy. In turn, garden-side, it is full of glazed surfaces overlooking the environment. A living garden is created under the ledge. On warm days, after removing the glass partitions, indoor space merges with the garden, the flooring transforms into grass.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The magnificent ledge rests on two reinforced concrete walls covered with stainless steel to produce a dematerializing effect. Indoor space penetrates the garden both physically and deceptively. Wall fragments in the living section meet the expectations of investors to form a piece of intimate space (a home cinema is created after closing the curtains).

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The first floor is the night section overlooking terraces located on the flat roof of the ground floor. sustainable development and Living-Garden House Living-Garden is a green, A-energy class building. Perfectly insulated (thick walls, multilayer thermal glass), the house does not require high energy for heating and remains cool in the summer.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

The ledge protects the ground floor against overheating. Local materials were mainly used: brick from the brickyard nearby and wood (terrace and ledge lining) from the sawmill nearby.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

With its structure, Living-Garden House enforces an environmentally friendly lifestyle – opening up to the garden enforces coexistence with nature, subjecting to its rhythm.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Soon, the blend of architecture and the environment will be fuller: applying specific grass or moss types in the living section will improve the internal microclimate, improve the quality of air, and, in result, create a healthier space for living.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

More ethereal membranes will ultimately cease to separate us from the world.

Living-Garden House in Katowice

Houses will cease to interfere with the landscape. Living-Garden House is a step towards this ideal. It makes the residents aware that they are a part of a bigger ecosystem.

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Living-Garden House – Building Information

Name: Living-Garden House in Katowice, Poland
Author: Robert Konieczny
Collaboration: Magdalena Adamczak, Katarzyna Furgalińska, Aleksandra Stolecka, Adam Radzimski
Construction: Jan Głuszyński, Kornel Szyndler
Installations: CEGROUP
Client: private
Site area: 3,872 m2
Floor area: 411.15 m2
Design: 2009
Construction: 2012-14
Photography: Jakub Certowicz

Awards:
– nomination to European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –
Mies van de Rohe Award 2015
– honourable mention of Living-Garden House in Katowice in Architecture of the Year 2014 in Silesian Region Competition

Living-Garden House in Katowice

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