Architects Przemek Kaczkowskiand Ola Targonska‘s clients for this project were a middle-aged couple who commissioned the architects to build them a home that would care for them even in the old age. The residence was constructed in a suburban are of Wroclaw, Poland’s main southwestern city, on a flat piece of land that allowed the floor plan to be T-shaped and all interior spaces to be placed on one single level, just like the owners wanted. This ensured that there were no stairs to make the journey from one space to another more difficult than it had to be. The single family contemporary residence displays a homogeneous and private facade adorned with wood cladding. The backside however, is totally different: glazed walls ensure views of the elegant and unpretentious garden while a slight elevation removes the need for stairs. Living spaces are connected with a sunny terrace on the outside and with a large, open series of spaces on the inside. A slanted ceiling over the living wing gives the spaces a feeling of openness, while the private wing offers all the comfort in a bright and cheery atmosphere. Lovely home for a smart couple.
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.