The Safest Home: Fortress by Night, Fabulous Facades by Day

by Mark in Architecture

Fortress House, patio

When we build a home, we all wish not only for a spectacular construction, but also for one that gives away a feeling of security, for one that is energy efficient, and also offers us a few moments of rest and relaxation in nature.

We present you a modern house that encompasses all these qualities.

The house was designed by the Polish architect Robert Konieczny from KWK Promes and it is located in the proximity of Warsaw.

The main challenge imposed by the beneficiary was creating a house that would give away the feeling of maximum security both inside and in the spacious garden around. For this reason, the house was called "The Safe House".

The architects rose to the challenge by implementing an ingenious system of retractable walls that isolate the house perfectly by night, turning it into a real fortress, but also by allowing a safe zone in the garden so that children could play safely during the day.

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The house works like a flower that closes every night, just so that it could bloom in its splendor the following morning.

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The retractable walls have a steel structure and are filled with mineral wool, and they offer not only safety by night, but also a very good thermal insulation - it abides by the concepts of sustainability and passive home, which accumulates solar energy by day, storing it inside overnight.

The windows are revealed every morning, and they allow sun light and warmth to penetrate the house. They also offer a perfect panorama towards the garden that surrounds the house.

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In order to integrate the house into the rural environment, the structure of the walls was coated with a waterproof layer of a dark-colored alder wood.

The property also has a swimming pool in an adjoining pavilion, whose terrace-rooftop can be reached with the help of a retractable wall which can tilt 90 degrees, forming a bridge between the two buildings. From the rooftop of the pavilion there's a great vista over the surroundings.

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The property has a complete make-over by night: the main facade becomes a giant screen, and the courtyard becomes an open air movie theater!

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Here's an edifying movie showing the everyday metamorphoses of this inventive house:

Architect: KWK Promes

Interior Design: Magdalena Radalowicz-Zadrzynska

Photo: Olo Studio