patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland

Studio Onu reinterprets vernacular Kashubian architecture

 

Studio Onu introduces DOM LAS, a contemporary family residence that emerges in the Kashubian lush woods, in Poland. The project’s name derives from the words ‘Dom’ and ‘Las’, meaning house and forest in Polish reflecting the design concept. The architecture pays a profound homage to Kashubian architectural heritage and the vernacular forest structures merging past and present. The materials used for the framework are derived from the forest, as colors and textures reminisce the region’s archetypal design language. Locally sourced bricks shape a patterned skin that envelops the house.

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland
all images by Martyna Rudnicka

 

 

natural environment greatly informs DOM LAS

 

Drawing from the vernacular charm of Poland’s Kashubia region, the architects skillfully blend traditional materials with contemporary design aesthetics. The project attends to a careful process of silviculture with selective weeding and thinning of young pine and birch tree saplings turning the disused field into an attractive and varied landscape that serves as a serene refuge for the family. The natural environment greatly informs the architecture that applies traditional materials throughout. Pinewood harvested from the property fuses the interior and exterior, while locally sourced bricks embrace the structure. Ceramic tiles in green hues adorn the kitchen and bathroom reminiscent of the surrounding greenery.

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland
the stretched-metal window shutters delicately filter light into the interior

 

 

two brick structures interact with the landscape

 

The project shapes two buildings with a direct relationship to each other and to the landscape in which they are placed. The central hearth, a symbol of domestic life, is conceived in the shape of a fireplace anchoring the living space and radiating warmth and unity. The central element is framed by vistas from every room of the house, contrasting with the glimpses of the parkland beyond.

 

The primary materials are locally sourced. The pinewood used for the structure and furniture establishes a sense of continuity between the interior and exterior. Bricks sourced from a local brickyard, resemble the tones of the land and soil of the area. The exterior also features metalwork shutters whose fine fretwork delicately filters light into the interior space, providing protection and privacy. The patterning of the external facade draws from traditional elements such as ornamentation, embroidery, music, and the wealth of textures and materiality of the region.

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland
the fire pit is centered between the house and the workshop

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland
the water intake is integrated into the brick facade in the south

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the zinc standing seam roof complements the aesthetics of the window shutters

patterned brick facade and metallic shutters envelop forest house in poland
a narrow entry to the courtyard is formed between the house and the workshop

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an ornamental brick pattern adorns the western facade

 

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the dining and coffee tables are original designs of Studio Onu
the dining and coffee tables are original designs of Studio Onu
the views stretching far across the land are framed by large windows
the views stretching far across the land are framed by large windows
the mezzanine is defined by a ceramic chimney and delicate shelving structure
the mezzanine is defined by a ceramic chimney and delicate shelving structure
the main bedroom features an old tapestry that belonged to the client’s ancestors
the main bedroom features an old tapestry that belonged to the client’s ancestors
the colours used inside the house match those of the surrounding pine forest
the colours used inside the house match those of the surrounding pine forest
the bathroom uses the same ceramic tiles as the kitchen
the bathroom uses the same ceramic tiles as the kitchen

project info:

 

name: DOM LAS
architect: Studio Onu | @studio.onu

interior stylist: Anna Salak

location: Kashubia, Poland

photography: Martyna Rudnicka | @rudnickamartyna

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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