The Szuflandia apartment complex is situated in Wisła, Poland, on the slope of Mount Kiczera to be more exact. The relatively remote location gives the wonderful advantage of beautiful views, fresh air and tranquility. Of course, that’s not the only interesting thing about it. This project is the result of a collaboration between studios Brandis Design and Modern House. It was completed in 2016. The building is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains on three sides and the architects made sure to take advantage of the amazing panoramas. They managed to do that by steering away from the typical apartment building structure and choosing a more sculptural and geometric approach instead.
The building doesn’t look like any typical apartment building, being rather similar to a large contemporary houseBy choosing this unusual design approach the architects were able to take advantage of the beautiful views
The choice of materials is also very interesting and unusual. The team chose wood as the primary material for pretty much everything, both inside and out. There’s also a general emphasis on natural materials, the goal being to create a feeling of immersion in nature. The apartments resemble large wooden boxes and enjoy different orientations. Each has large windows which exposes the interior to the scenery and lets lots of natural sunlight in. The majority of the units also have access to large open terraces. All the different cantilevered volumes give the building a very dynamic and unique look. Furthermore, there’s a very beautiful transition between the stone used for the pathway and stairs and the wooden exterior walls of the apartments.
Wood was used on almost all surfaces inside and out which makes the apartment feel very welcomingThe sleeping nooks are very cozy and have their own panorama windowsThe volumes are distributed in a way that offers them privacy while also taking advantage of the beautiful surroundingsThis is one of the kitchens. It’s small but very chic and stylish, furnished with custom-made pieces
The pathway and stairs that lead to the building are made of stone slabs and large rocksMost apartments have access to large terraces which embrace the outdoors in a really great wayThe complex was built on a slope and is surrounded by forests on three sidesThe interior design features lots of natural materials and delicate fabricsWood was used both on the inside and the outside of the apartments, allowing them to offer a sense of warmth and comfortThe views are definitely one of the best things of this entire project and each apartment gets to enjoy themThe small units are decorated very simplistically and feature a modern appearance overallThe landscape definitely looks stunning during winter but is also mesmerizing all year round