The inspiration behind "Blended Into The Forest" stemmed from the challenge of constructing a house within a forest, while preserving as many trees as possible. The choice of sheet metal as a primary material, seemingly at odds with the natural landscape, proved to be an inspired decision. The house appears to become one with the forest, demonstrating that innovative design can enhance rather than detract from natural beauty.
The unique properties of this design lie in its careful placement among the trees. The architects, Z3Z ARCHITEKCI, collaborated with the client to find a clearing that would minimize the impact on the existing old tree stand. The house, covered in almost black sheet metal, is fixed to the brick structure with steel connectors and a wooden substructure. The result is a building that appears to grow out of the forest itself.
The house spans 329 square meters over two floors. The interiors are ascetic, with white plaster walls and a concrete floor. Cedar wood covers areas sunk into the body of the house, and the garage door is cleverly concealed behind wooden boards. The design ensures constant contact with nature, with large windows providing green vistas from every room. The interaction with nature is particularly pronounced in the children's rooms, where an entire wall of glass brings the outdoors inside.
The project, which began in 2016 and was completed in 2020, is located near Warsaw, Poland. The design process involved extensive research, with a focus on preserving nature and integrating the building into the existing landscape. The choice of sheet metal, an industrial material, was a significant challenge. However, the designers found that the vertical divisions of the dark sheet metal harmonized well with the surroundings, proving that innovative materials can enhance rather than detract from natural beauty.
"Blended Into The Forest" is a testament to the power of innovative design to enhance rather than detract from natural beauty. The house, which appears to grow out of the forest itself, is a model of sustainable architecture that respects and enhances its natural surroundings. It is a deserving winner of the Silver A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award, a prestigious accolade that recognizes outstanding expertise and innovation in design.
Project Designers: Mateusz Zajkowski
Image Credits: Image #1 : Photographer Marcin Mularczyk, 2020 Image #2 : Photographer Marcin Mularczyk, 2020 Image #3 : Photographer Marcin Mularczyk, 2020 Image #4 : Photographer Marcin Mularczyk, 2020 Image #5 : Photographer Marcin Mularczyk, 2020 Video Credits: Julian Morytko, 2020
Project Team Members: Mateusz Zajkowski
Project Name: Blended Into The Forest
Project Client: Mateusz Zajkowski