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May 2019

Quadrant House, POL

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THE IDEA

The clients wanted a simple, sunny and relaxing home, somehow reacting to the movement of the sun. They also valued our moving buildings and their changeability. 
The starting point was a regular shape unbuilt site, located in the suburbs among the average single-family housing.

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Robert Konieczny placed a rectangular solid on it, and then turned the part belonging to the ground floor to get as much privacy as possible from the side of the road. In the ‘cut’ space was located a living room, roofed floor and in the perpendicular shape we located the SPA zone. Both spaces close the private part of the garden. The investors' wish was a simple house with a flat roof, but the local plan imposed sloping roofs. Therefore, from the street side, the house has a gable roof, and from the garden side a flat roof, which ultimately created a non-standard, characteristic house shape. 

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The clients wanted a house reacting to the sun, which is why the architects used the motif of the quadrant - an old device used to determine the position of the stars. They have designed a terrace that reacts to the sun and follows it, thus residents sit in its shade and pleasant airing and - depending on the season - it regulates the amount of sunlight in the spaces it adjoins - gives the desired shadow in the summer and in winter allows for more sunlight inside. Furthermore, in good weather and also in the evening, when the house is open, it can be an extension of the daytime area or SPA. The drive system is fully automated, but manual control is also possible, depending on the needs. Movement of the terrace has been programmed to be in constant motion during the day, so that natural grass grows underneath.

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WINDOWS IN THE LIVING ROOM AREA

While working on the detailed design, KWK Promes have established cooperation with Sky-Frame, specializing in frameless sliding window systems. At that time, we did not have such a wide glazing set - the living room had two sets consisting of six sliding windows that parked in the wall niches and allow the living room to be opened completely from two sides. However, we liked there project very much and treated it as a design challenge. After six months, we created a completely new prototype motorized sliding system, which we personally commissioned and programmed on site.

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MOVING TERRACE

The movement of the terrace and its speed is adapted to the sun's wandering. The drive system is fully automated and has advanced safety sensors - if it encounters an obstacle, the terrace stops, making it completely safe to use. However, for funcional reasons, manual control is also possible. The terrace has been programmed to be in constant motion during the day, thanks to which natural grass grows underneath.

Architecture: Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

 

Photography: Norbert PiwowarczykJuliusz Sokoêowski, Jaroslaw Syrek