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Houses inscribed into a gentle slope. Enclave estate designed by AMJ studio

Ola Kloc
19 of January '21
Technical data
Name: Enclave Estate
Investor: private
Location: Poland, Skwierzynka, West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Studio: AMJ studio
Authors: Adam Jankowski, Kamil Paszek


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  • buildings
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2 622 m²
521 m²
694 m²

The Enclave housing estate is a proposal to create a complex of single-family terraced houses, developed by the duo of architects Adam Jankowski and Kamil Paszek from the AMJ studio in Poznań. The small buildings forming the Skwierzyna mini-housing estate, designed on a natural slope, are to fit into the existing context of the rural landscape by referring to the architecture of traditional homesteads in the area.

In the design of the estate, the architects used a considerable range of possibilities offered by the typology of residential architecture. The main part of the establishment consists of alternating blocks of terraced, two-story single-family houses, each with access to a separate terrace and garden. The development is closed on two sides by perpendicularly arranged blocks of semi-detached single-family houses, adjusted to the unevenness of the terrain. The whole, at the farthest point of the plot, houses a detached garage.

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Elevations of houses on the Enclave Estate

© AMJ studio

Ola Kloc: What was the priority for the investor?

Adam Jankowski: The most important thing for the investor was to create a high-intensity housing estate that would be friendly to its residents. Fitting into the context of local rural architecture allowed us to preserve the intimacy of the space. Despite the high concentration of buildings, we managed to achieve a sense of privacy and individuality for each of the designed houses.

: What was most important to you, the designers, in the design of the Enclave Estate?

Adam: For us, as designers, the most important thing was to preserve the rural character of the designed development. Fitting into the context of the cultural landscape of Central Pomerania was possible by consciously diversifying the urban fabric of the estate. This means, in this case, the use of steep pitched roofs, the appropriate scale of buildings, as well as materials of natural origin, such as brick and stone. Moreover, the varied color scheme of the facades avoids a sense of repetitive space. Another element that was particularly important to us was greenery. Inserting the buildings into the natural slope proved to be crucial in this case.

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The estate is designed on a natural slope

© AMJ studio

Ola: Although the houses are similar at first glance, their masses match the slope of the land, and the facades will be made of hand-formed clinker tiles of varying shades. Will the houses also differ inside?

Adam: That's right, the buildings are based on two repeatable modules, which undoubtedly streamlines the investment process and reduces the cost of the project. The two outermost segments are larger than those in the middle. The assumptions made it possible to diversify the blocks both outside and inside. Residents will be able to choose the functional arrangement of the attic, where we proposed a layout with two or three bedrooms.

: What was most important to you when designing the interior layouts?

Adam: Without a doubt, it was the sense of spaciousness and the opening of the interiors to the surroundings. The relationship of the natural landscape with the residents is crucial for their well-being and health. To this end, we used large glazing on the side of the living area to shorten this distance. At the same time, despite the high concentration of the development, we managed to create several intimate interiors. Each segment has its own terrace with a pergola.

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Facades will be made of hand-formed clinker tiles of varying shades of

© AMJ studio

Ola: What was the most difficult part of this project, and what are you most satisfied with?

Adam: Using the repetition of the basic module, we were able to achieve the effect of fragmentation and individuality of the space. With this, we proved that through the use of appropriate architectural treatments it is possible to achieve a high building intensity without losing character and belonging to the surroundings. It is this element that we can point to as the most difficult, and at the same time one that we are most satisfied with.

Ola: Thank you for the interview!

Ola Kloc

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