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January 16, 2014
Innovative residences in Poland prove that the only way to go is east.
Tim asked his grandfather how his family came to rehabilitate this water tower -- and as I expected, there was a lot of history behind these circular walls. Photograph courtesy <a href="http://timv.smugmug.com/">Tim Villabona</a>.

In the past, this tower in the petite Polish town of Dąbrówno was primarily used as water supply for steamed locomotives that traveled below the escarpment that it sits upon. There were three cast iron pipes running all the way to do the top: inlet (using city water from wells), outlet, and overflow. Locals speculate that it's at least 103 years old, and it was probably used up until World War II. Now, it has been converted into a small hotel with cozy interiors. Photograph courtesy Tim Villabona.

Originally appeared in Living in a Polish Water Tower
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Modern open-plan kitchen and dining room with decorative cabinets

Nix and Novak-Zemplinski, founders of the design firm BioLINIA, in their 1,000-square-foot apartment’s open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. They had the decorative cabinets and ceiling panels CNC-milled by a Polish subsidiary of the Finnish company Koskisen. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.

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Originally appeared in Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture
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Lowering the custom encased Murphy bed

By lowering the custom Murphy bed and rolling a sliding plywood door, Novak-Zemplinski creates an insta-guestroom. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.

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The sun shines over the meadow on the backside of Kuczia’s carbon-saving creation, whose central atrium contains the living room. In summer, the glass doors open.

By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity to gain energy from the sun.

Originally appeared in Pole Star
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The main living area of the house is in the larch-wood-clad ground floor. The “black box”—–a three-story structure made from charcoal-colored fiber-cement panels—–contains another living room. The facade absorbs warmth from the sun, preventing heat loss i

The main living area of the house is in the larch-wood-clad ground floor. The “black box”—–a three-story structure made from charcoal-colored fiber-cement panels—–contains another living room. The facade absorbs warmth from the sun, preventing heat loss in winter; in warm weather, hot air escapes through the top window.

Originally appeared in Pole Star
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Modern sod roof
In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway. He lifted the existing ground and wrapped it around the roof and exterior rooftop staircase, essentially making all floors “ground” level.
 
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The expansive open-air living room on the first floor is framed with a curving wall of windows. The glass wall works as an outdoor atrium looking out on an exposed 
sod-covered staircase and allows the room to be bathed in natural light.

The expansive open-air living room on the first floor is framed with a curving wall of windows. The glass wall works as an outdoor atrium looking out on an exposed sod-covered staircase and allows the room to be bathed in natural light.

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Tim asked his grandfather how his family came to rehabilitate this water tower -- and as I expected, there was a lot of history behind these circular walls. Photograph courtesy <a href="http://timv.smugmug.com/">Tim Villabona</a>.

In the past, this tower in the petite Polish town of Dąbrówno was primarily used as water supply for steamed locomotives that traveled below the escarpment that it sits upon. There were three cast iron pipes running all the way to do the top: inlet (using city water from wells), outlet, and overflow. Locals speculate that it's at least 103 years old, and it was probably used up until World War II. Now, it has been converted into a small hotel with cozy interiors. Photograph courtesy Tim Villabona.

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