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Jakub Lazarowicz - agritourism center in the Bieszczady Mountains

16 of January '20

Jakub Lazarowicz, a graduate of the Rzeszow University of Technology, has designed an agritourism center on the Solina Reservoir. The thesis, made under the direction of Dr. Rafal Mazur, is a complex of buildings that fits harmoniously into the Bieszczady landscape.

The agritourism center in Teleśnica Sanna is a complex of buildings consisting of glazed cottages and a pavilion serving as a shepherd's hut. The buildings interfere minimally with nature, fading into the surroundings of water, forest and pasture.

The chalets consist of three levels

© Jakub Lazarowicz

relaxation by the water

Located on the shoreline of the Solina Lagoon, the cottages are designed for year-round use. Their soaring body, 14 meters high, was inspired by the shape of sails and spruce trees growing in the nearby forest.
Each building, with an area of about 30 square meters, consists of three levels. The first floor includes a bathroom with a compact shower, a kitchenette and a living area with a place to relax and warm up in front of the fireplace. The mezzanine is the sleeping area with a double bed. The last, highest part, allowing one to commune with nature, is designed for meditation and sky observation.

The facades are covered with rhomboidal tiles

© Jakub Lazarowicz

The structure of the house's walls and roof trusses is designed using solid pine timber frame technology. The framework is covered with plywood on both sides, and the first floor is made of light polished concrete. An interesting solution is the exceptionally large glazing - the author decided on a window structure made of beech wood elements, additionally reinforced by metal cores.
The roof and the other two walls are covered with tiles made of slate or shingles with characteristic rhomboidal modules, shifted and gently raised in relation to each other. Their arrangement was inspired by spruce cones. The mass of the building was accented with a detail in the form of edge tiles, covering the huge front glazing. From afar, the cottages resemble black sails floating among the trees.

The pavilion serves as a shepherd's hut

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pavilion - shepherd's hut

A landmark and accent of the landscape is the pavilion serving as a shepherd's hut. Located in the higher part of the plot, it has been divided into two independent zones. The first, with an area of about 236 square meters for employees and tourists, has been equipped with a separate back room with a compact bathroom and a small kitchenette. The second part, with an area of 224 square meters, is a shelter for animals and a hay store.

The plan of the facility follows the shape of the letter "S" and the rock cave

© Jakub Lazarowicz

The free plan of the building refers in shape to the letter "S" and a rock cave, which is a natural shelter for sheep. The author, raising the sigmoidal ridge to a height of 3.2 meters, cutting the mass and carving out parts of the terrain, created two niches - caves. The directions of the openings are also important: the first, located on the side of the meadow, allows observation of the landscape and sheep grazing, and the second, closer to the forest line, facilitates access for animals seeking shelter from predators and harsh weather conditions. The structure of the pavilion is a radial arrangement of triangular frames with varying lengths of sides made of glulam. The frame elements are formed by rectangular beams with a sectional height of 40 centimeters and a width of 24 centimeters.

The roof of the pavilion can be used as a viewing terrace

© Jakub Lazarowicz

The roof plan almost entirely coincides with the ground floor outline, thus minimizing the environmental impact. The building has been covered with a green roof, which over time will be overgrown with surrounding grass species and blend in with the surroundings. One of the sides of the roof smoothly descends to ground level, making it possible to use the structure as an amphitheater - a viewing terrace for tourists.

The project was among the list of the best art and design diplomas of 2019 of the "Font Not Font" competition.

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Illustrations courtesy of Jakub Lazarowicz

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