This family home in Poland is made from gabion baskets filled with locally sourced limestone. By choosing the same material which was once used to build castles and churches in the area, architects at Kropka Studio merged the rustic feel of limestone with a contemporary building technique. Cost-effective and durable, this stone façade showcases the poetic beauty of building sustainably.
Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls in a way commonly used in hillside fortification, but this building technique has also proven to be adequate for residential architecture and more than pleasing to the eye. Its decorative quality reflects local building traditions but translate them into a modern language.
Bedrooms are clad in wood and appear as a separate volume that protrudes from the main body of the house. The same material was used for the triangular bay that sticks out next to the kitchen area and the wood-lined walkway. Large glass doors and windows provide enough natural light while different materials, with their raw quality, create a playfulness that is only augmented by the simplicity of the design.
Images by Maciej Lulko