Robert Konieczny from Kwk Promes Architects has designed the Aatrial House in Poland, close to Opole. The building is a reinforced concrete monolith, and concrete is at the same time the finishing material of the transformed cube, while all additional elements are finished with dark ebony. The Aatrial House is closed to the inside and open to the surroundings.
The beautiful site in Lower where the house is designed has one drawback: sout-west access. An obvious conflict develops between the driveway and the garden. The idea arose to lower the driveway in order to separate it from the garden. This prompted another idea – of a driveway leading inside to the ground floor level, from underneath the building, which became possible thanks to the creation of an inner atrium with the driveway in it.
The building opens up onto all sides with its terraces in an unrestricted manner, and the only way to get into the garden is through the atrium and the house. The driveway and retaining walls were made out of quarried granite blocks, the material characteristic for the surroundings.