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House by the Lake from Atelier Starzak Strebicki

26 of March '20
Technical data
Name: House by the lake
Location: , Greater Poland.
Design team:
Jola Starzak, Dawid Strębicki, Anna Śmierzchalska, Wioleta Bowsza, Maria Kalińska, Luis Gómez Soriano, Paweł Krauska, Joanna Lewańska, Bartosz Bisaga
Area: 285 m²
Year of implementation: 2016 - 2020
Investor: Private

Looking at the photos of the house of the {tag:Studio} project, one gets the impression that it is not located in Poland at all. Rather, it is one of those celebrity or artist homes in Hollywood, with only a palm tree missing from outside the window. This impression is enhanced by the nature of the photographs - slightly smoky, as if they just came out of a Polaroid®.

The main inspiration for the architects was the neighborhood of the area where the house was to be built. It is impossible to ignore the proximity of such greenery and, above all, the lake. The building was to fit into this landscape without stammer, to correspond harmoniously with the surroundings.

The living zone of the house is formed by a living room connected to the kitchen and dining room. There is a window more than five meters wide, which gives the effect of a natural panorama of the landscape that changes according to the seasons. The private area consists of four bedrooms - each with access to a covered terrace. A bathroom is adjacent to one of them. The other has been located directly off the entrance hall.

House by the lake

Photo: Danil Daneliuk

The walls of the house are masonry, while the roof structure was made of boarded reinforced concrete poured on site. As a result, wood was reflected on the ceiling, leaving a drawing that refers to the nature surrounding the building. The concrete roof is supported by thin H-shaped steel columns. A terrace was placed on it, to which a spiral staircase leads from the garden. It is from here that one can enjoy the view of the lake.

with "good energy" in mind

The project also included a number of functional and economical solutions. The architects decided to create a place with low energy consumption. The building was equipped with a ventilation system with air recuperation and 50 m² photovoltaic panels, which guarantee independence from electricity. In turn, heating of the building is provided by a geothermal water-to-water heat pump, with two boreholes 150 m underground.

House by the lake

Photo: Atelier Starzak Strebicki

To ensure a constant temperature inside the house, regardless of the season, the roof and walls have been insulated - each has at least 20 cm of lagging. In addition, the architects decided to install underfloor heating. Skylights placed in the roof face North to avoid excessive heat in the rooms. The same function is performed by terraces that shade the large window glazing on the south side from above. During winter, the sun's low-falling rays can penetrate the interior - pleasantly illuminating and warming it.

The interior of the house was also designed by Atelier Starzak Strebicki, in cooperation with the investor. The architects used natural materials - European walnut veneer, stone and old planks from a dismantled deck. On extremely cold and rainy days, the rooms will be warmed up by a fireplace located in the living area.

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