A wonderful option for the summer months is being able to leave your city flat behind and move to a gorgeous countryside cabin. And if the cabin in question is Emil House 2.0, which stands in the Kluczwody valley near Krakow (Polonia), those holidays could become a unforgettable experience.
Emil House 2.0 was designed by Agnieszka Brzostek at AB Concept Design and Vostok Design Architects using the MDi Iseo and Arizona collections by Inalco. In executing the project, the two practices focused on creating a modern dwelling in an eclectic, contemporary style that would still transmit all the charm of traditional timber houses.
AB Concept Design undertook a total refurbishment of the interior spaces, which feature the typical layout of a rectangular country house with gabled slate roofs.
The first task was to remove all the partition walls on the ground floor, creating an open-plan space that brings more natural light into the house, giving the feeling of a gallery. The structure was also reinforced with steel beams which, together with the predominant use of exposed concrete on walls and ceilings, emphasises the modern industrial aesthetic of the project.
The colour palette chosen for the house centres on grey and white shades which highlight the various paintings and artworks. In addition, the use of vivid colours in the furniture gives the interior a modern, laid-back feel. The MDi Iseo collection was chosen for the overall flooring as its stone-effect design adds a natural touch and blends perfectly with this contemporary space.
In the kitchen, the combination of Iseo with other materials such as concrete and steel creates a stylish ambience with an industrial feel. This character, along with the thoughtful lighting throughout the house, further underlines the holistic interior design concept.
To access the first floor, customized steps were created using the MDi Arizona collection, the surface of which is inspired by sun-baked untreated wood. The warmth of Arizona echoes the spruce wood flooring on the whole first floor, where the bedrooms and bathrooms are located as well as a gym.
When it came to the building’s exterior, Vostok Design Architects was charged with transforming the original façade. On the one hand, they designed a huge glass window at the front of the attic level which allows natural light to pour in. And on the other, they extended the back of the house by creating a new fully-glazed space with views of the Kluczwody valley, which gives the feeling of being surrounded by nature.
Architecture Project: Wojtek Gawinowski, Vostok Design
Interior Design: Agnieszka Brzostek, AB Concept Design
Photographer: Paweł Ulatowski