High and mighty

Wednesday 30 Nov 2011

Creatively interlinking interiors and a view across Cracow define this family home

The building stands on the highest point of the street - distinguished by its cubic form and smooth white elevations, it is the dominant culmination of the surrounding architecture.

The investor's idea was that the house should be high up because of the beautiful view of Cracow and the mountains, and preserve spatial relationships through all floors with the largest possible open space.

The shifting blocks are intended to reduce the relatively large optical cubature, whilst also reflecting the functional zones within the house. A multipurpose space with beautiful views is located on the top floor, and the lower floor contains separate sleeping areas for children and parents. The main living area with cabinet is on the ground floor, and finally the garage, technical and guest rooms are situated in the basement.

Just below the surface of the small garden is a swimming pool, sunlit from above. All floors are linked spatially, so that from all places there is easy contact with household members in different parts of the building. Even the private bathroom - a glass cube suspended in open space - allows for insight into other rooms, if the blinds are rolled up.

The interior is designed in a minimalist, cold style, with contrasting warm details in wood and stone. The house is equipped with modern systems: a small goods lift, additional heating blast, heat pump and intelligent electrical installation.

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