Not all timber homes need to look like rustic log cabins—take, for example, this contemporary Polish home that’s handsomely clad in cedar planks, both inside and out. Architecture firm Mariusz Wrzeszcz designed this modern home—aptly named the Cedar House—in a quiet area of Poznań, Poland. Built on a wooden frame structure, the beautiful compact home is punctuated by generous glazing that brings in natural light and creates a near seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor landscape.
Built for a single homeowner who wanted easy access to all rooms of the home, the 166-square-meter Cedar House is a single-story dwelling that expands its footprint into the outdoors with a spacious terrace. The street-facing facade and entrance are mostly closed off to views save for a window, garage, and glass front door. In contrast, the garden-facing facade in the rear features full-height glazing that connects the living room to the partially covered terrace and garden beyond.
“The front side of the building has a simple, compact and closed facade,” write the architects. “The garden facade is open and blending with the nature. The house is full of peace, serenity and internal balance.” The airy interior is mostly lined with cedar, from the living room to the master bedroom. Sections of the home, like the kitchen, feature mainly white-painted walls to differentiate rooms. The Cedar House lies on an east-west orientation for optimal solar conditions, with the bedroom placed on the east side and the living areas situated on the west.
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