The building is located in southwestern Poland in the village of Malina near Opole. The progressive expansion of the city has resulted in the intensive urbanization of suburban villages that have already become part of suburbs of Opole. The plot of land which the building was developed on is located on land that was originally meadows and pastures surrounding the compact village of Malina. The location of the designed building on an open, flat area, clearly sidelined from the existing village buildings, prompted thoughts about the building's correspondence with such an environment. The site analysis also took into account the possibility of development on neighboring parcels as an element that negatively affects the surroundings of the planned building.
II. Land development:
The lack of existing clear environmental stimuli interacting with the planned development was decisive for the user to focus on the central point of the site rather than further frames and perspectives. The proposed spatial solution, instead of reacting to external factors which there are few of at this location, focuses on the building and its immediate surroundings. It is the building that sends signals to the outside, not the other way around, through the proper composition of its blocks. The stated goal was achieved by clearly delineating the closest, relevant space around the house for the user. By elevating a section of the plot above the level of the surrounding terrain, the most important location has been defined. A composition of three solids constituting a house was set on the resulting elevation. The blocks are varied in height and staggered in relation to each other. Thus, two independent spaces with different functions have been obtained - OPEN and CLOSED. The first is the OPEN space in front of the entrance to the building which is open to the street and neighboring lots. This piece of land does not require a cover to protect the privacy of users. A barrier is the building's façade which has reduced number of windows at this location. The second space is a CLOSED private/garden area. The intimacy of residents in this part of the site is ensured by shielding the building with blocks. In the southeastern part, the composition of the inner garden is closed with a utility room. The added element of composition makes it difficult to freely view this part of the garden from the outside. In addition, together with the two-story block, it frames the view of the surrounding meadows removing from the skyline possible future development of neighboring plots. On the street side, the location of the building is defined by the building line. In this part of the plot, the fence line was located in the face of the elevation freeing up the area in front of the building. This space functionally is not attractive to home users. On the other hand, being open, it gives a priceless "breath" in front of the building when viewed from the street.
III. The body
The composition of the three building blocks which the premise is composed of clearly defines the functions on the ground. The division of the building into two basic blocks reflects the zoning of functions inside the building. The house consists of a one-story pavilion with a flat roof located parallel to the street and a two-story section tucked into the lot. The blocks are connected by a one-story connector that serves as the main entrance to the building. The pavilion provides cover for the inner garden space from the street. A two-story block covered with a gable roof closes the composition on the eastern side. By breaking the building into two elements, the house becomes a spatial premise rather than one dominant block. The withdrawal of the higher element into the plot ensures the correspondence of the two solids without the risk of the higher part dominating the lower one. The gabled roof geometry proposed over the upper section, with the ridge located diagonally across the projection of the base, made it possible to achieve varying elevation heights in different parts of this section of the building. This way, the height of the building was adapted to the human scale. The user staying near the building, despite the considerable height of the facade, does not feel overwhelmed by the dimensions of the block.
IV. Functional layout of the house
The functional layout of the house was created on the basis of an analysis of the location and the Investor's precise guidelines. The building is spatially and functionally divided into two parts - the day / open and the night / closed. The living area is a single-story pavilion with an amphitheater/open layout. It locates a kitchen, dining room, a living room and a study for work. The living area is connected to the garden through a glazed facade that stretches the entire length of the facade. Full glazing in this part of the house is intended to blur the boundary between the interior of the house and the garden. A terrace and an outdoor recreation area were located here. Minimal glazing has been provided on the street side to ensure adequate light, with the possibility of looking into the building from this side hindered. The night/private zone, inaccessible to guests, has been "hidden" in another block on another floor. On the second floor, bedrooms and bathrooms have been located, ensuring privacy for the residents of the house. The first floor section provides for a garage, technical rooms and a guest room.
The building was constructed in the Silesian village of Malina. The predominant type of development in this locality is compact farm buildings. The designed house was built in a meadow. It is physically located outside the historic fabric of post-German buildings characteristic of the area. Therefore, the proposed form and aesthetic solutions of the building do not literally imitate the original development, but draw on its patterns. The building as a premise, the break-up of the massing, the pitched roof and the finishing materials are a discreet continuation of the traditions of the site adapted to the needs of new users. Stone and wood were used to finish the facade. The use of limestone-inspired masonry on the building's facade is due to the fact that limestone was a material commonly used in construction in the area. Natural stone subjected to minimal treatment was used to finish the facade and to delineate in the field the elevated space around the house. This is how the body of the building relates to the terrain in a natural way. A building is not only the blocks that make it up, but also the space around it, functionally closely interconnected. Vertical timber is also a common element found in the surviving historic buildings of Silesian villages. When designing the building, it was assumed that the wooden facade would not be treated. This assumption was made for two reasons - environmental and aesthetic. The lack of wood impregnation makes the facade finish sincerely natural / ecological. Unprotected wood will undergo natural patination when exposed to UV rays and weather conditions. In this way, the gray color of the patinated wood will "approach" the stone elements of the other solids.