The capital of lower Silesia, Wroclaw in Poland is one of the rapidly getting popular tourist destinations, but is a relatively small blip on the European radar. These days, as people are becoming more adventurous, many charms of this small city are being discovered deservedly. The city boasts to have the second largest medieval market square in Europe, which is unquestionably delightful. Apart from this, there are spectacular gothic churches, lush parkland, scores of bridges over picturesque waterways and dozens of architectural delights. One such amazing yet beautiful creation is House with zero stairs designed by Przemek Kaczkowski & Ola Targonska.
House With Zero Stairs
Owners of this house are a middle-aged couple that approached the designer with one definite request mentioning that they wanted to build a house with no stairs, so that it would be equally practical and enjoyable as they get old. The site was just a flat piece of land in a second line of buildings within a suburban part of the city of Wroclaw that offered no obvious clues. Moreover, the site is amongst disappearing traces of a rural past that is enclosed by a chaotic mix of houses of different styles, conditions and materials.
As per the first decision, the house was to be placed along the northern border of plot in the direction of narrow access lane so that volume of the house sheltered the remaining large garden from unwanted views and annoyances of the nearby road. The “T”-shaped plan of the house clearly showed the distribution of uses within the house and the long wing visible from the street, accommodated common “public” spaces of the house.
However, the entirely solid front façade dressed with wooden slats formed the closed backside of the large living area and only after entering the house through a wooden door, which is adjacent to the volume that forms a double garage, one could get the first views of the other face of the house.
This part of the house has a long glassy façade that opens to the terrace and garden. Central entrance allows for a suitable and subtle communication to both wings of the house. Public wing features a biased ceiling that adds to the feeling of spaciousness and makes the house breathe. Behind the side wall of the living room is a home cinema, where family members watch movies and listen to music. This room is connected by a two-sided fireplace and has acoustically clad walls and an incorporated screen.
Kitchen is in the centre of the plan and is also a changeover space between living room and the wing where there are bedrooms. Three bedrooms open to the terrace and garden with full-height sliding windows. The row of bedrooms feature a bathroom at each end and the corridor along this wing is brightened from above by square skylights. The only part of the house without natural daylight is a strip between the garage and the private wing. The fully glazed facades are protected from sunlight and glare by a thin canopy. Overall, the house makes a wonderful home for the middle-aged couple.