Go with the flow

Located in the picturesque landscape of the Beskid Żywiecki Mountains, Poland, on an area with a steep slope and surrounded by forest, the House in the Beskids positions itself to enjoy scenic views at every angle.  The structure was placed in the very centre of the plot, maximising advantages and capturing the best view of the panorama of the mountains. The house then has space to open on two sides – to a wonderful view of the mountains or to the green wall of the forest.




The facades on the south and north sides are finished with wood, while the roof and remaining exterior are covered with graphite sheet metal. This blends the structure into the surrounding environment, further showcasing the harmony struck between land and home. When covered with snow, the home almost disappears, creating the illusion of a massive snow fort.

The characteristic shape of the building matches that of the land, consisting of three segments of different heights with alternating single-pitch roofs, functionally and visually separated by two narrow corridors. The large difference of height in terrain was used to create an entrance zone with a garage at a level lower than the residential zone.

The living area is located in the middle segment and is accessible directly from the outside, showcasing the mountains and forest on either side. The terrace at the back overlooking the forest has been covered, with the high space used for a mezzanine. A garage is utilises the lowest slope of the house, while bedrooms bookend the home.


Project House in the Beskids

Architects RS+ Robert Skitek

Area 241m²

Country Poland

Photography Tomasz Zakrzewski

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