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Autofamily House by Robert Konieczny, KWK Promes

28th Oct 2013

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MmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmGet ready to be awed by the Autofamily House in Ochaby, Poland by Polish architect firm Robert Konieczny KWK Promes. Representing a new way of thinking about living, the firm started by reconsidering the entrance area in a suburban residence... 

Since the advent of the car, its presence in our lives becomes increasingly substantial, especially as the population migrates away from the city and needs to commute. Robert Konieczny KWK Promes explored solutions for those living in suburbia (in Poland), typically craving ease and simplicity. The common theme that emerged was how one entered their property. No longer is it actually that normal to use the main entrance of a property but to instead enter a home by a car using an integrated garage in the main solid and an informal entrance to go inside. With cars becoming cleaner and more eco-friendly, the idea developed to include the garage into the representative entrance area. As a result, a new type of a family house has been concepted by Robert Konieczny KWK Promes where the entrance area and the driveway are together transformed into an unique multifunctional space so that the moment of driving into the house becomes part of the 'home experience' and as stylish as the interior.

In order to develop two different zones, the driveway space and the private garden, the terrain was levelled out so that the driveway remains on the ground level and the house with intimate garden is lifted three meters above and separated by a retaining wall. A route connecting the two levels was designed so that the car could be comfortably parked, or 'delivered', to the living room level. However, to avoid dividing the garden, the driveway is covered with a green roof and finished with walls serving as borderlines. The result is a tunnel emerging in the garden, becoming a house. The owner is an art collector so the tunnel is also used as a gallery of his painting collection that he can cruise through automated gates to the front door.

Situated close to the near the border with the Czech Republic and the city of Ostrava, the Autofamily house as it is called, was completed in 2012.


Robert Konieczny KWK Promes;


Photography: Juliusz Sokołowski & Olo Studio.