KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
 
KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
aug 18, 2010

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland


located on the outskirts of warsaw, poland, ‘safe house’ by katowice-based architectural office KWK promes is a two-storey residential house that aims to provide a feeling of maximum security for the residents. true to its name, the most distinguishable element of the design is the moveable exterior wall components that allow the house to be completely closed to its environment or open and connected to the rural landscape. while the initial read of the design might seem confining, the house, when in its open state, offers immense transparency while establishing a strong relationship to the site.

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
all images by aleksander rutkowski, courtesy of KWK promes

 

 

from the street side, the dwelling lends little in terms of windows or visual openings. the entrance is lined by a thick exterior fence with two slideable gates. when the set of 15 meter-long retractable walls on the eastern and western side are slid all the way out, the entry plot is enclosed into a temporary courtyard space. the back of the house, which faces an expansive garden to the south, features a 6 meter-high roll-down gate that completely opens up the interior to the exterior. floor-to-ceiling windows provide a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, presenting the living space with an effectively contrary impression to the one offered by the solid mass of the building. the glazing, which acquires ample amount of sunlight and energy during the winter, is set back from the exterior shell to create an open terrace space.

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
east corner in its closed state

 

 

other mobile elements include large ‘shutters’ which essentially are hinging exterior walls ranging up to 3.5m in length. a drawbridge from the upper floor provides access to a roof terrace above the swimming pool. all the moveable components are mechanically operated with built-in electronic engines. the cuboid building is a concrete monolith, while its non-fixed components are composed of light steel trusses filled with mineral wool to ensure complete insulation. all exterior surfaces are clad with cement-bonded particleboards, then painted with a dark wood stain which resembles the shade and finish widely found in the neighboring houses and barns.

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
open state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
street view in its closed state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
open state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
south corner in closed state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
open state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
west corner in its closed state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
opened state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
a draw bridge from the first floor provides access to the roof of the pool pavilion

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
terrace space on top of the pool pavilion

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
draw bridge

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
the interior space lends transparency when open

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
interior view when the house is in open state

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
outdoor space to the back of the house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
open house in the evening

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
open patio space

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
pool in the foreground

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
looking into the dining area

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
south-east elevation in the evening

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
safe house in context

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
site plan
(left) closed house
(right) open house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
model
(left) closed house
(right) open house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
ground floor plan (closed house)

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
ground floor plan (open house)

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
first floor plan (closed house)

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
first floor plan (open house)

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
cross section

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
longitudinal section

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
north east elevation
(top) closed house
(bottom) open house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
south east elevation
(top) closed house
(bottom) open house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
south west elevation
(top) closed house
(bottom) open house

KWK promes completes safe house in warsaw, poland
north west elevation
(top) closed house
(bottom) open house

  • Day 23: We have been living off the pool water and stockpiled canned goods. The zombies have finally penetrated the courtyard. This morning I was nearly ambushed when I cracked the monolith open for some daylight. It was a shame to have to repel him with a mies Barcelona ottoman, but I did. Why oh why didn’t we build a heliport on the roof?!!

    BleakFuture
  • SO, LET’S CELEBRATE OUR PARANOIC SOCIETY!!
    THE DISCUSSION HERE IS ABOUT PHILOSOFY, NOT ARCHITECTONIC ONLY.

    MARCO
  • I love it. It’s not too much, and who doesn’t love security? 15 minutes or more could save you…. more than 15% on youir house insurance hahah 😀

    C.S.M
  • This is quite an interesting piece of architecture, probably more in line with the paranoia of the American religious right than the average Polish citizen.

    Also I thought it looked quite safe…until I saw that menacing black cat! Meowzers!!!

    Matt Cool
  • Where’s the helipad on the roof? d’-) Seriously, while appreciating all the various elements in the design and the practicality of it, to my way of thinking the total use of right angles reduce the overall effect. Right angles are very rare in natural forms, if some curvature was put into the design, I feel it would have been more harmonious in its site. But, that’s just me d;-)

    Jetwax
  • Crazy. A bit of paranoia?

    dana
  • beautifull !! well done – according to concept.
    still it is disterbing and non- functional socialwise.
    dont mind stupid respond – keep up the good work!!

    shahaf product designer
  • No alterations or modifications,then just a house not a home any way it’s good creations..which shows very proud appearance.

    jayalath
  • Perfect against any Zombies invasion~!!!

    Haz
  • ALIENS ARE COMING and…..it is…..a MINIMALISM AGAINST ALIENS.
    CONGRATULATIONS,A KIND OF “MIES BUNKER”!!! GIVE ME A BREAK…..
    TOO MUCH LOVE FOR 2010 MONOLITH!!!

    MARCO
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