POLAND/ ZALEWSKI ARCHITECTURE GROUP: D HOUSE – URBAN SANDWICH

Modern renovation for a 1930s-era urban house in Poland, by the local Zalewski Architecture Group 

When taking on the challenge of designing a modern renovation for a 1930s-era urban house in Poland, the local Zalewski Architecture Group came up with a striking green update changing the traditional peak roofed shape. Located in the dense city of Zabrze, a city of Upper Silesia metropolis, and situated on a small parcel among tenement houses from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, D House—Urban Sandwich, is a single family brick home capped with a lush green oasis. Its roof contains a terrace hidden from the surrounding streets by a thick veil of foliage and a high hedge. “Our main aim in the project was to extend the usable area of the house while maintaining its original architectural character – typical to this area, the building tradition closely related to the culture of coal and steel is expressed by red brick and solid craftsmanship,” – says Zalewski architects. “We wanted to create more intimate space and a place of rest for residents and at the same time to find the proper space relation between the historical house and its neighborhood: the higher the storey, the more intimate, private and modern the house becomes- the ground floor consisting of a living and a dining room, a kitchen and a guest room, while the second floor holds bedrooms, bathrooms and a study. For us – the value of new architecture comes from its origins – the building tradition.. The new manifests the diversity but on the other hand also complements some deficiencies – the lack of greenery, intimacy and individuality. We hope the union of all these elements allowed us to create something more than just a building – a new quality in terms of culture, space, and ecology.” (mb)www.zalewskiag.com

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