Apartment buildings and forests don’t necessarily go well together, at least not in the traditional sense. However, this is not your traditional apartment building by any means. Studio de mateira designed and built two amazing structures on a piece of land in Karpacz, Poland.
The stone and wood layers add diversity to the facades and establish a beautiful dialogue with the surroundings
One of the structures houses eight individual apartments while the other is home to seven apartments that can be rented as well as an underground garage. They share an identical aesthetic and they’ve placed a sensible distance apart which gives them plenty of privacy while still allowing them to be grouped up. They resemble large cabin-like buildings, with gable roofs and a simple and modern design with hint of rustic charm. The design is inspired by the wooden mountain houses found in the region.
The gable roof is clad in wood just like the exterior walls and the side section features vertical finsThese vertical wooden fins create a sort of privacy screen but still allow nice views from the inside
One of the main objectives of the project was to make these two structures blend in and look natural in this context. The exterior is defined by light and earthy colors and natural textures. The two lower floors are clad in stone which gives the structures solid plinths while the upper levels are clad in wood that has a lighter appearance.
The buildings have a modern cabin-like design and blend in nicely with the landscape
The roofs and the upper facades are made of the same materials which ensure a seamless and clean transition but the design differs so there’s still a visual differentiation. The apartments have large windows and enjoy really nice views of the forest to the East and the mountains and National Park to the South and West.
Large glazed surfaces expose the apartments to the beautiful views and fill them with natural light during the dayThe area around the buildings is landscaped with stone which is also found in the design of the facadesOne of the buildings has an underground garage which cleverly reduces the footprint of the projectThe apartments are simple and stylish, consisting of a living room, kitchen, dining area and a bedroom eachThe colors used for the interior are soft and earthy, in tone with the beautiful viewsWood is the primary materials used for the interior in combination with granite and concreteIn order to make this a maintenance-free project, the reception was replaced with an online booking and admittance system