As the cars have nowadays a special status, being no longer a fad but a necessity, the KWK Promes from Poland imagined a residential project that perfectly emphasises the idea that this mean of transportation is fully integrated in our lives. To be more specific, the Auto-Family House, which is about to be completed, breaks the lines of traditional design and brings a fresh air of innovation, unveiling a house that accommodates a garage and a large driveway underneath the living space. The residence consists of two different segments, one of them being different from everything you’ve ever imagined.
This single-family house is nothing like a normal house. The lower part of the dwelling area is completely reserved for cars and in order to entry the house you need to cross the driveway. What’s really fascinating about the Auto-Family House is that one of the roofs, is fully covered in grass. The back of the house is smoothly increasing in hight, following the nature’s rounded shapes. The green turf, rich in soft curvaceous lines, remind us of the hobbit houses or in a more contemporary approach, of the beautiful and dreamy golf courses. The client’s wish was to achieve a fluid space, erasing the lines of conventional. This output exceeded expectations: a magnificent all in one house and garage, with a stunning sublime design.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.