This house in the mountains is a modest, rural home for a family of five. It is situated next to Bielsko-Biała, on a longish, sloping site, in the Beskid Śląski mountains in Poland. It is set in a green, hilly scenery with a great view over the mountainous landscape and the nearby valley. The two-story building was integrated into the slope by Kropka Studio so that only the upper black volume was visible from the driveway. It is crowned with a traditional pitched roof covered with standing seam metal cladding.
The same material covers the facade of this part of the building too. This volume is additionally cut with a glass connector separating the main day zone from the bedroom. The windows on this level are designed in such a way as to provide south-western lighting and scenic views of the surrounding mountain landscape. The lower floor, partially sunken into the hill, has been finished with architectural concrete slabs.
The lower level of the house includes an entrance area, a garage with a technical room and three bedrooms for children. This story, on three sides, is located below the existing ground level, and the fourth external wall opens to the garden with a view of the picturesque landscape of the Silesian Beskids.
The upper level consists of a living area with a master bedroom – which has its own bathroom and wardrobe. The day zone is centered around a wide kitchen island and a recreational area with a fireplace. Simple floor plans, high ceilings and huge fixed windows framing mountainous views try to enhance the sense of space in this home.
Design and info © Kropka Studio
Images © Maciej Lulko