House in Łomnica
TYPE: Concept design | SECTOR: Private | AREA: 295 m2 | LOCATION: Łomnica, Poland
Situated in the picturesque Polish village of Łomnica and surrounded by two mountain ranges – Karkonosze (The Giant Mountains) and Rudawy, this new build house benefits from a breath-taking panorama. The plan of the property has been arranged to both maximise the spectacular views, and to clearly differentiate between functional zones (daily activity zone, working space, wellness, quiet evening zone), so optimising energy use. The house is designed to the Passivhaus standard, utilising a super insulated building envelope, maximising daylight, and providing both passive and active shading solutions. Energy efficiency is ensured by the incorporation of photovoltaics and air source heat pumps.
The building is clad with Shou-Sugi-Ban charred timber. This traditional Japanese method of wood preservation, in use since the XVII century is highly sustainable, protecting timber cladding in a natural way without chemicals, paints and other surface treatments. The roof is covered with a robust ceramic roof tile, traditional to the region, yet given a modern twist with an anthracite colouring to match the character of timber cladding. All exterior and interior walls are constructed using modern clay blocks, their high thermal mass improving both heating and cooling.
The clients’ lifestyle is open, relaxed, and friendly and these characteristics are reflected in the bright and spacious interiors. Elegant, yet simple contemporary style is evident everywhere through carefully planned detailing, natural materials, textures, and finishes.