Carbon Neutral House

Date: December 2021
Stage: Architectural Competition
Location: Grabowek, Mazovia, Poland
Net Area: 143 m2
Budget: 554’000 pln
Prize: 1st Equal Prize

The plan of the building is an evolotion of the one-room hut which has reached the highest level of development in the Kurpie cottage. In place of the four-part division of the building into a hall, a main chamber, an alcove, a compartment and the accompanying stables, there is a hall, a living room, a kitchen with a dining room, a technical room and a garage, respectively. In the central part of the house, where the centripetal fire system was traditionally located, there are stairs leading to the attic.

The house with a net area of ​​143.4 m2 is arranged on two floors. As part of this area, there are rooms for a family of 4, allowing for the possibility of adapting the garage space for additional residential or service purposes. The day zone opens to the south and west, to the space of the recreational garden and fruit orchard. The designer’s intention is to combine the landscape with the living area of ​​the house in a functional and scenic way.

The centrally located block of stairs zones the ground floor and the attic of the house. Circulation on the ground floor has a perimeter character, making it easier for residents to navigate thourgh the house. From the garage, through the buffer zone, we get to the main hall of the house to which the main entrance door leads. From the hall we can go to the attic, to the living room, kitchen and dining room. The kitchen space is visually coupled with the entrance zone, facilitating access control. The kitchen has a direct exit to the terrace, near which there is a vegetable garden.

Thanks to the use of external partitions with high thermal inertia and high thermal insulation, it is possible to maintain stable thermal conditions in the house without the need to install a solid fuel boiler. As part of the land development, only a water and sewage connection and an electricity connection are planned. The only source of heating in the house is an air heat pump powered by a photovoltaic system. It is planned to build an installation with a capacity of 10.80 kWp on the southern slope of the roof, which will cover 100% of the electricity demand in the entire building.