Broken House

Broken House

S3NS ARCHITEKTURA - Igor Kazmierczak
Wrocław, Poland | View Map
Fotografia Architektury Maciej Lulko

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S3NS ARCHITEKTURA - Igor Kazmierczak als Architekten

The house was designed in the Oporów Commune in Wrocław, in the historical area of ​​family houses. This residential area forms a special substance for Wrocław because of its unique and characteristic house arrangement, which is created by small buildings, sloping roof ridges and narrow house fronts. The shape and style of the existing small historic house, which was built on the building plot in question, become an inspiration and synthesis for the outline of the current house.


The building conditions imposed by the local authority (Städtischer Denkmalpfleger) were based on restrictions on the width of the facade, the height of the eaves and the ridge and their arrangement in relation to the street. The investors assumed that they would create a contemporary house whose usage program significantly exceeded the usable area of ​​the former building. The design challenge was to create a house that would not overwhelm the scale of the surrounding buildings and would take into account all the housing needs of the new residents. In order to do justice to the assumptions made, it was decided to exclude the garage from the usage program, which allowed it to design its function and form more freely, with particular attention to the scale.


The garage was replaced by a covered driveway integrated into the building with a capacity of at least three large cars. A contemporary house was designed with an attempt to reconstruct the archetypal shape and scale of the building while maintaining all the urban features of urban development and creating their spatial synthesis.


The outline of the Broken House is the result of an attempt to show the original proportions of the previous building, hence the break in the facade, which on the one hand emphasizes the old scale and on the other hand reflects the floor plan of the internal function, which is divided into a private and a day part is.


In order to emphasize the original shape, two materials, "rough" Petersen bricks and "smooth" plaster, which contrast in color and texture, were used, which were consistently used on two displaced bodies.
Which materials did you choose and why?
Brick is a material that has always existed and whose traces can always be found when we discover the history of a place. Ceramic as an architectural material is a bridge between the past and the present. Brick denotes warmth, durability, nobility and class. That's why we still use it.
The material used:
1. Facade cladding: brick - Petersen Tegl, cedar oiled natural wood, Knauf Aquapanel Outdoor
2. Floor covering: oak parquet, Gres

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