Safe as houses: Home moves with the times

22.08.2010 Poland : Haptic Illusion : Warsaw

Warsaw – An imposing monolithic block turns into an open, light-filled space in a feat of Transformers-inspired design. Safe House, the residential project by Katowice architects KWK Promes, is a maximum-security house that, in its solid, closed state, is completely closed to the elements – air, wind, water and the curious eyes of passers-by.

When the structure is open, however, moveable cut-out components transform the space, revealing floor-to-ceiling windows that link the inside with the panoramic outside. Exterior walls of up to 3.5 metres in length swing out to expose huge windows, while a drawbridge on the upper floor extends to the roof terrace.

The house – finished in waterproof plywood to fit in with the surrounding aesthetic of barns and other wooden homes – flaunts a renewed brutalism in a Fifth Scenario era.

Look out for our forthcoming minimalist-inspired design direction in the Inspire section.

Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski Safe House by KWK Promes, Poland. Photography Aleksander Rutkowski
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