The main idea was to create something different and original. Not just a single-family house, but an abstract form.
We wanted to create a building that refers to the mountainous area, a house that seems to be a result of tectonics and not design processes.

This thought was the starting point of the project and the frame that kept the space composition in check.

Therefore, we tried to design and implement the concept of a space by escaping the standards associated with single-family houses. We wanted this house to emeryt like an erratic boulder embedded in a mountain slope, not an architectural form with walls, windows and a roof.

FORM
"Black Rock" originates from the topography of mountainous terrains. "The Rock" is not a cuboid, a cube or a classic house with a gable roof. It is an abstract multifaceted solid without obvious division into walls and a roof

In the south, the house opens up to the garden, the sun and the view of the Beskids (mountains). The southern wall is high and includes openings such as glazing, terrace and loggia, which provide the panoramic view. The northern facade mostly consists of a roof slope falling to the plot border - the house’s wall is low and closed here.


STRUCTURE, FORM, MATERIAL

The plot is situated on the slope of the mountain. It has a clear decline both in the south and east.

The initial plan of the house was adjusted to the slope so that the entire ground floor sits on the ground surface. Based on the natural terrain, the horizontal floor plan was broken half way through. As a result, the entrance zone with a garage and supplementary rooms is on a different level from the living room, kitchen and dining room. A half-floor has been created so the entire living area is directly connected with the terrace and garden.

This design process led to the division of floors in the night part of the house (first floor) and as a consequence we created the multi-pitched roof, whose refractions follow the faults resulting from the house’s functional layout in the actual area.

Thus, the form of the roof and the body result from the functional design objectives being adapted to the landscape.

The building's geometry was built into the topography of the mountain, highly impacting the house’s structure and its final dynamic form.
There is a strong relationship between the building and the surrounding landscape.

The external character of the house is formed by its multi-layered form as well as by the material which was used as a packaging of the function. The homogeneous and raw black shell conceals internal spaces and levels.
Sharp, jagged boulder, black slate or basalt lump sticking out of the mountain slope, instead of a classic suburban house.

The entire creative process was based on the original idea. It became the genesis of the project and was brought through the entire design and construction process, until the end - the implementation of the "Black Rock".

THE GENESIS OF THE HOUSE'S SHAPE
1. Determining the horizontal floor plan along the northern boundary of the plot;

2. Designation of arcades: entrance and garden;

3. Adjusting the levels of the horizontal floor plan to the topography of the area; The driveway is much higher than the garden. We implemented a breakage in the horizontal floor plan. The living area opens onto the garden, at the same time being situated lower than the entrance zone and the garage;

4. Another consequence of the design strategy is the functional layout of the first floor. Horizontal floor plan continues the breakage that was introduced in the lower floor. Two rooms and a closet were placed in the upper part of the plot above the garage. The remaining floors are situated in the lower part of the house, above the kitchen and dining room. In the living area, the desired higher ceiling was also obtained - empty space above the living room;

5. The most important rooms were situated in the southern part of the plot. They open to the sun, garden and the view. Supplementary rooms are at the northern side.

6. The local plan imposed the necessity of designing a roof sloping in the designated range (from-to). However, the number of roofs and the location of the ridge have not been imposed.

7. The roof in the design. The form of the roof is the result of the design process. It is a flexible packaging, closely related to the function, and in this particular case also to the original location. The roof follows the function. And the function adapts to the topography and the landscape.

8. The form is associated with the function

9. The form is associated with the topography

LANDSCAPE PLANNING
On the plot that significantly declines towards the south, we designed a single-family detached home. It consists of all the functional features we have planned. The living area and a garage for two cars, as well as an additional room on the ground floor. The total area of the house is 260 square metres.

The building was located along the northern side of the plot. The entrance is planned from the west side, away from the border in such a way that it is easy to access and park at the property. A large part of the plot in the south remains undeveloped - there is a garden and terraces with the view of the mountains.

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project name: Black Rock
type: single-family house

area: 260m2 (ground floor 168m2 + first floor 92m2)

implementation: 2018

location: Bielsko-Biała, Poland

photos: Tomasz Zakrzewski

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Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and House Building Type. In the south, the house opens up to the garden. The most important rooms were situated in the southern part of the plot. They open to the sun, garden and the view. Photo  of BLACK ROCKView Photos

In the south, the house opens up to the garden. The most important rooms were situated in the southern part of the plot. They open to the sun, garden and the view.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, Tile Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine. Aerial view from the north - house and the mountains. Photo 2 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Aerial view from the north - house and the mountains.

Modern home with Outdoor, Boulders, and Slope. Architecture and the landscape. The northern facade mostly consists of a roof slope falling to the plot border - the house’s wall is low and closed here. Supplementary rooms are at the northern side. Photo 3 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Architecture and the landscape. The northern facade mostly consists of a roof slope falling to the plot border - the house’s wall is low and closed here. Supplementary rooms are at the northern side.

Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Hipped RoofLine, Gable RoofLine, Gambrel RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. house and mountains - conceptual sketch Photo 4 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

house and mountains - conceptual sketch

Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, Cabin Building Type, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Hipped RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Shingles Roof Material. The southern wall is high and includes openings such as glazing, terrace and loggia, which provide the panoramic view. Photo 5 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

The southern wall is high and includes openings such as glazing, terrace and loggia, which provide the panoramic view.

Modern home with Exterior, Gable RoofLine, Stone Siding Material, Tile Roof Material, Brick Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Hipped RoofLine, and House Building Type. 3 levels - In the south, the house opens up to the garden, the sun and the view of the mountains Photo 6 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

3 levels - In the south, the house opens up to the garden, the sun and the view of the mountains

Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Hipped RoofLine. conceptual diagram - Adjusting the levels and the form to the mountain slope and the terrain topography Photo 7 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

conceptual diagram - Adjusting the levels and the form to the mountain slope and the terrain topography

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, Hipped RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. The form is associated with the function Photo 8 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

The form is associated with the function

Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Dinning room view from the terrace Photo 10 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Dinning room view from the terrace

Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Brick Siding Material. View from the road. The northern facade mostly consists of a roof slope falling to the plot border - the house’s wall is low and closed here. Photo 11 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

View from the road. The northern facade mostly consists of a roof slope falling to the plot border - the house’s wall is low and closed here.

Modern home with Exterior and House Building Type. Plan - situation Photo 12 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Plan - situation

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine. First floor plan Photo 13 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

First floor plan

Modern home with Exterior and House Building Type. Second floor plan Photo 14 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Second floor plan

Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, Tile Roof Material, House Building Type, and Gable RoofLine. Rocks - Sharp, jagged boulder, black slate or basalt lump sticking out of the mountain slope, instead of a classic suburban house. Photo 15 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Rocks - Sharp, jagged boulder, black slate or basalt lump sticking out of the mountain slope, instead of a classic suburban house.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Entrance zone Photo 17 of BLACK ROCKView Photos

Entrance zone

Credits

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Photographer
  • Tomasz Zakrzewski

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 2.798
  • Lot Size
  • 11,840