Nestled in the forest of a pre-war garden city near Warsaw, the Podkowa House is a cleverly designed dwelling that uses the Voronoi formula to minimizes disturbances to the surrounding trees. The formula allowed the architect, Jakub Szczęsny of the Polish studio Centrala, to fit a 300-square-meter ground floor between densely distributed trees while optimizing its area, views and geometry.
Using the Voronoi formula, Jakub Szczęsny planned the house so that it would come as close to the trees as possible without compromising their root systems. The house, clad in Siberian cedar panels, has a single-floor structure with a cellar and a roof designed with optimal geometry for getting rid of fallen leaves. The rectangular interiors areas are nestled amidst the trees in an optimal determined by the Voronoi formula.
The location had been surveyed by authorities for a long time and was considered unbuildable, but the studio was able to secure a permit thanks to their innovative approach. The clearly divided night and day zones are cut with three patios for visual continuity and to enable trees to grow around the home.