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White cube full of light. House with Dylas in Poznań

18 of January '21
Technical data
Name: House with Dylas
Investor: private
Location: Poland, Poznań
Studio: Ktura Architekci
Architects: Katarzyna Buczkowska-Grobecka
Usable area: 190 m²


  • design
  • implementation


Asimple white cube - this is the body of a Poznan house designed for a family of five. The House with Dyls from {tag:pracownie} was built on a site whose small area influenced the design decisions - placing the entrance on the side, or using glass dilettos to bring the building closer to the plot boundary.

TheDyls house was designed for a family of five from Poznań. The building, located in Grunwald, was constructed on a small plot with no direct road access. The architects made it with attention to the use of every square meter, providing a sense of space, and brought daylight into the interior. The house was intended to be compact and simple, and its implementation efficient.

Biała elewacja
i dyle Biała kostka domu

The house was intended to be compact and simple, and its implementation efficient

Photo: PHOTOGRAPHS © Ktura Architekci

As the architects say about the realization:

We were also keen to get a piece of garden and breath around the house, despite the challenging development and building conditions. Designing the entrance from the side turned out to be crucial and solved many design problems. It's a simple white pavement with elements to obscure the entrance and terrace. By far the most important element in this house are the glass dilettos. During the day they bring in a huge amount of light, and in the evening they illuminate the simple white block of the house, giving it its own individual character. We love them!

Salon połączony
z jadalnią

The white in the interiors is a background for the oak parquet floor

Photo: PHOTOGRAPHS © Ktura Architects

White is the most important color on the facade, and it is also present inside the building - it is the background for the oak parquet flooring laid in a herringbone pattern. The center of the house is the living area of the first floor. The dining room has been directly connected to the living room through tall black industrial sliding doors. White steel balusters are a subtle detail and protection for the staircase. The entire staircase is comfortable, central and safe for children, and clearly connects the living and bedroom areas.

Kuchnia w domu
z dylami Biblioteczka i korytarz

The architects designed both the body of the house and the interior

Photo: PHOTOGRAPHS © Ktura Architects

Dobrawa Bies: You designed the whole - both the architecture and the interior of the house. Does this allow for more design freedom?

Katarzyna Buczkowska-Grobecka: Designing a house as a whole is very convenient, but most importantly it is good for the house, for the investor, and I think every architect wishes it. To us, fortunately, it happens more and more often. Our client wants to give us a comprehensive design of the whole house. When we design architecture from the beginning, we think about the interiors all the time, no matter whether we continue it or not. We can't do otherwise, because architecture with interiors is closely related. Of course, later on, when we can delve further into the details of the house, we simply develop our thought. It's pure pleasure and little will surprise us then. We notice the interiors in our homes very quickly and see every corner of it in detail.

Piętro i klatka
schodowa Wertykalne detale klatki

Dilettos bring diffused daylight into the building's interior

Photo: PHOTOGRAPHS © Ktura Architekci

Dobrawa: A characteristic element are the dykes - vertical forms that also appear in the interiors. Please tell us more about the idea for such accents.

Catherine: I first encountered glass dilettos years ago in multi-family construction, on a building site. Even then I liked them very much and they stayed firmly in my mind. Sometimes they are referred to as modern glass dildos, which I also love. Dilets provide the opportunity, first of all, to bring a huge amount of diffused daylight into the interior, thus providing a great architectural detail for the exterior. They are completely undemanding. They do not need to be cared for in any way, and they perform well both outside and inside. And most importantly by their technical parameters they give us the opportunity to get an extra meter closer to the border of the plot, which in this case was very important.

Wnętrze salonu domy
z dylami

The living room and dining room are connected by industrial sliding doors

Photo: PHOTOGRAPHS © Ktura Architekci

Dobrawa: The entire project, both interior and exterior, is kept in white. Where did this decision come from? Were the investors not afraid of the "white cuba" effect?

Catherine: Not at all, because such an effect, in our opinion, is not present in this house! The uncompromising white in this case is primarily a shell of this warm and homely living machine. The environment is very difficult, different and cramped. Inside there is room for space, color, a variety of materials, freedom of form and, above all, people - they make it. The assumption was that we would surround the heart and life of the house in a simple way. #bodomtoschron

Dobrawa: Thank you for the interview!

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