Shingle house

  • location: Kraków, ul. Kasztanowa
  • outside sightseeing: yes
  • inside sightseeing: no
  • outside photographing: yes
  • interior photographing: no
  • authors: nsMoonStudio
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  • construction: 2003
  • authors of photos: © nsMoonStudio

The building is a contemporary interpretation of a house with a shingle roof, once so common in the Polish landscape. The material remains the same, while the form is subtly modified – the classical cuboid with pitched-roof was adjusted to the terrain. As a consequence, the line of the roof is broken, forming an expressive, somehow ambiguous composition. Next to the spruce shakes, yet another material appears in the elevations: glass. The latter covers large openings in the walls and the roof, thus allowing daylight access to the interior.

Although the interior contains three separate apartments, from the outside the building appears as a coherent whole. Further reinforcing this coherence are two pools and terraces integrated with the main form, and covered with dark alder wood.