Konieczny’s Ark, Brenna Residential Concrete Development, Polish Architecture Photos, Architect
Konieczny’s Ark in Brenna
Residential Building Development, Poland design by KWK Promes Architects
post updated 1 Feb 2021 ; 17 Aug 2016
Architects: KWK PROMES
Location: Brenna, Poland
Photos by photo Olo Studio
Konieczny’s Ark, Brenna
The highest value of the plot is a wonderful view stretching out. The idea was for the house to become its framework that crops it.
The most appropriate building turned out to be a fully open on mountain landscape one-storey building, which gives the same view to all of the interiors. Because of the plot being located in an absolute wilderness a problem of security came out.
The solution turned out to be “twisting” the building so as only its one corner touches the ground and the rest is hang over the edge of the hill. With this solution, part of the ground floor where the bedrooms were located was pulled up to the level of the first floor.
Because of the fact that there are wide glass openings in the building, my wife asked me to effectivly close the entrance side of the house. A 10 meter wall and a drawbridge, which combines the function of stairs and a window shutter, appeared.
The decision to locate the house on a steep slope, was considered carefully due to the high risk of landslip, which is more and more frequent in Polish mountains. As to limit the movement of the subsoil the house was treated as a bridge, under which rain water flows naturally.
Realities of mountain landscape as well as the local law constrained a gable roof. House took the form of a typical barn standing on three thin walls. To give rigidity to the building the walls were tensed by the planes of the ”inverted” roof, slightly lifted over ground.
Their incline increased the feeling of security. And so, we basically created a house with two roofs that protect it from water, it began to resamble an arc floating over the fields. After some time I realized, that in order not to disturb this impression, the best garden design would be lack of it, the best fence would be a temporary herding fence, the best approach – few rocks. In the same time the building was supposed to be cheap and easy to construct.
That is why I deciced on insulating it from the inside, the concrete structure became an finnished elevation. This is how I got rid of complicated details and finish, they were replaced by poured concrete from a local producer. Sprayed closed-cell-structure foam turned out to be the optimal insulation. It is also a vapour barrier.
Konieczny’s Ark – Building Information
Authors: KWK Promes, architect Robert Konieczny
Authorial collaboration: architect Łukasz Marciniak
Collaboration: architects Marcin Harnasz, Aneta Świeżak
Structural engineering: Kornel Szyndler
Investor: Robert Konieczny
Site area: 1694.0 m˛
Gross covered area: 78.0 m
Usable floor area: 138.0 m
Volume: 624.0 m
Realization: May 2011 – Nov 2015
Photography: photo Olo Studio
Konieczny’s Ark in Brenna images / information received received 170816 from KWK Promes
Location: Brenna, Poland, eastern Europe
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