Janicki House, Krakow

Project Name Janicki House, Krakow
Project Value £300,000.
Project Status Complete

Designed for a family relative, Janicki House is a new-build bungalow located in the outskirts of Krakow, Poland. The house design had to fulfil the client’s ambition of achieving a large open living space within its single storey footprint and single storey pitched roof design.

Whilst the construction method was of traditional modern means of brick and concrete, a timber frame was designed to support the pitched roof so that the main living space could become vaulted exposing as much volumetric space as possible. The timber frame became a key architectural feature within the vaulted ceilings, creating character and charm.

Due to the several seasons that Poland experiences, the design integrates the use of a perimeter patio to both the southern and western elevations which is sheltered by an overhanging of the pitched roof. This prevents direct sunlight entering the main space through the floor to ceiling windows during the hot summer months, assisting to keep the house cool, whilst also providing a sheltered and shaded area for enjoying the outdoors.

Under floor heating was as a method of efficiently heating the house during the harsh winters, with the central heating system linked to the log fire burner. The property was highly insulated external covered were a render tone to suit the owner’s preference. Separate to the house is a large garage, a log store as well as a bespoke timber garden shelter.