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For the love of mountains and nature. The house of the Milwicz Architects project

21 of July '22
Technical data
Name: House in Borowiec
Investor: private
Location: Poland, Borówiec near Poznań
Studio: Milwicz Architekci
Design team: Natalia Milwicz, Roman Milwicz
Photos: Przemyslaw Turlej
Area: 220 m²
Cubic capacity: 1070 m³


  • design
  • implementation


Milwicz Architekci studio architects were asked to design a house for lovers of mountain climbing and nature. The timber-frame building, located on a plot of land surrounded by greenery in the suburban town of Borowiec , is characterized by the use of natural materials and design economy. Note the huge glazing and orangery, which invite nature inside.

Elewacja to blacha oraz naturalny kamień

The elongated body of the house is situated parallel to the road

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

The elongated body of thebuilding situated parallel to the road forms the boundary between the public space - the road - and the private space - the garden. For this reason, the architects decided to use a minimum number of windows on the side of the front elevation, while they introduced a huge glazing of twenty-two meters in length along the garden. This procedure, they claim, breaks down the boundary between the interior and nature, giving the feeling of living close to soothing nature.

Dom został zaprojektowany dla miłośników gór

The house was designed for mountain lovers

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architects

out of love for the mountains

The architects emphasized the investors' love for the mountains by using natural materials such as wood and stone complemented by concrete. The sparing materials were combined in different structures and create a gradation of warm and cold colors. In addition, they are emphasized by natural light, which changes dynamically due to the different angles of the sun's rays during the day, or the intensity of light associated with the seasons.

Architekci zdecydowali się na ukazania konstrukcji we wnętrzu

The architects decided to show the structure in the interior

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

Importantly, the entire structure of the house was made as a timber frame, and in the interiors it is made visible and forms an integral part of the whole project.

Wnętrze rozdziela box

The interior separates the box

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

box divides the space

The center of the house is a box that organizes the space and creates a boundary between the living zone, designed as an open space, and the night zone, which allows for tranquility. In the center of the building, the architects placed a bathroom overlooking the garden and technical rooms.

Box z łazienką Korytarz w domu

In the very center is a bathroom with a view of the garden

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

Theopen space of the kitchen and living room is highlighted by a wall made of hewn stone and a centrally located fireplace. A triangular window located above the line of sight has been introduced in the gable wall. This treatment introduces privacy and further illuminates the spacious living room.

 Dom w Borówcu, rzut parteru  Dom w Borówcu, rzut poddasza i antresoli

first floor and attic plan

© Milwicz Architekci

interior exterior

The living area is complemented by an orangery extending towards the garden. This space gives the feeling of being outside even on winter evenings. The architects decided to use wooden elements in the master bedroom, which give it a cozy feel and harmonize with the interiors throughout the house.

W głównej sypialni dominuje drewno

The master bedroom is dominated by wood

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

The functional program is complemented by an additional room located in the attic, a bathroom, and a mezzanine overlooking the living room, which, if desired , can serve as the investors' studio.

Schody umieszone za czarnym boxem prowadzą na poddasze od schodami skrywa się wiele schowków

There is a lot of storage space hidden under the stairs

Photo: Przemyslaw Turlej © Milwicz Architekci

Minimalist style requires thinking about all elements when designing interiors, not only the juxtaposition of materials, proportions, but also how the user will use the space. It was important for us to design a lot of storage space, which will allow us to keep things tidy, store necessities of life and maintain the impeccability of minimalism, the architects conclude.

elaborated: Dobrawa Bies

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