Fascinating geometric house with mountain views

The captivating XV House has been designed by architects from the Polish firm RS + Robert Skitek, located near the old town of Cracow, Poland in the calm district of detached houses, on the hill overlooking Wawel Hill and the mountains. The idea was to immerse the 5,112 square foot (475 square meters) house as high onto the hill as possible because of the incredible view, and to help preserve spatial relations between all floors with the largest as possible opening of the space.

Here is a project description from the architects, “the building stands on the highest point of the street distinguished by its cubic form and smooth white elevations, it is the dominant culmination of the surrounding architecture. The shifting blocks are intended to reduce the relatively large optical curvature, whilst also reflecting the functional zones within the house.

A multipurpose space with beautiful views is located on the top floor, and the lower floor contains separate sleeping areas for children and parents. The main living area with the cabinet is on the ground floor, and finally the garage, the technical and the guest rooms are situated in the basement. Just below the surface of the small garden is a swimming pool, sunlit from above. All floors are linked spatially, so that from all places there is easy contact with household members in different parts of the building. Even the private bathroom a glass cube suspended in open space allows for insight into other rooms, if the blinds are rolled up. The interior is designed in a minimalist, cold style, with contrasting warm details in wood and stone. The cantilever stairs are based on the reinforced concrete beam, which with double pillar creates the distinctive xv sign.

Visit the website of architecture firm RS + Robert Skitek here.

Photos: Tomasz Zakrzewski

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12 years ago

I find a glass bathroom exceptionally disturbing.

12 years ago

Pretty cool hanging sculpture. I like the creative use of the underground space. Not so keen on the “cold” feel. What exactly is wrong with warmth that so many modern architects seem to eschew?