ARCHITEKT MACIEJ FRANTA
Architekt Maciej Franta have been shortlisted for Residential Architectural Property Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2021.
Villa Reden’s form and context are a synthesis of the historic heritage of Upper Silesia. The unique context of the place and the potential negative consequence of implementing a new tissue in this unique area meant that the decision to shape a new building was not easy and had to refer directly to these guidelines, not compete with them, and “respond” to the environment with its uniqueness in a contemporary way.
The idea and shape of the building resulted directly from the irregular polygonal shape of the area intended for development and the idea of leaving the largest possible tree stand on the plot. Such a simple inspiration has become the basic guideline for shaping the building. Creating the form step by step; the solid was formed in accordance with the function of the apartments, optimizing their function into the shape of an irregular polygon. Then, a perimeter line was marked along the plot boundaries and the block of flats was surrounded with balconies to obtain a panoramic opening to the surroundings. The corners were rounded, referring to the character of the interwar villas in the neighbourhood, tree crowns and the surrounding greenery.
The block was dressed in wooden viewing terraces with various surfaces around it, an internal break in the form was introduced by implementing a patio to illuminate the internal parts of the apartments and the floor of the residential part was raised by one level, leaving undeveloped ground floor as a space for social interactions of residents and additional external functions. The building formed in this way received unique features in the form of large terraces, from which you can enjoy the charms of the surroundings, and full integration with nature due to the proximity of trees and additional lighting in the patio. In the last step, the rhythm of the elevation was shaped. Vertical divisions of the façade were introduced, creating expressive regular squares arranging the freely formed volume of the building. It was ensured that the division of the facade and its rhythm were equal.
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