surrounded by picturesque landscape, 081 architekci has designed the ‘house in the woods‘ in the small polish town of puławy.
the new architectural intervention is situated in a heavily forested area. to the north, one can find a road and a pond which provides a natural border between the site and neighbouring allotments; in the south, there is a thick forest isolating the house from a railway track running on the other side of the woods. there were several landscaping problems which affected the design solutions, but at the same time, provided the starting point for designing the entire complex.the building itself sits in the middle of the site. the trees standing around the house are used as a buffer zone providing privacy and blocking neighbours’ view. hence, there is no need to build permanent and high fences which would fail to blend with the wooded area. the architect’s main idea behind the project was to create a timber-clad volume with incorporated windows. all windows are provided with top-mounted external roller blinds installed behind wooden panels, which makes them obscured unless being rolled down. additionally, the drainpipes and outlet pipes are mounted inside the external walls, which results only in outlets being visible.
the brief from the client requested that the house had to be comfortable for a three-person family and be clearly zoned into different living areas. each area was presented in detail, including functions it will serve. the house is rectangular in plan and consists of three functional axis-aligned rectangular blocks. the first of them—the parents’ block—includes entrance zone, master bedroom and bathroom. the second one—the child’s block—consists of child’s room with play area and guest bedroom. the third block provides living area adjacent to both of the said zones and incorporating large windows making the area overlooking both sides of the parcel. as glass panes are pushed backward ‘into’ the building, a certain amount of space has been left between the glazing itself and the external face of the walls of the building. this not only helps keep the rooms facing the sun cooler on sunny and hot days but also provides shading overlooking the pond.