Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Dębowa Housing Estate in Katowice, Poland by Biuro Projektów Architektonicznych
July 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Biuro Projektów Architektonicznych
Dębowa social housing estate is located in the west part of Katowice, in the district Dąb, near the Voivodship Park of Culture and Recreation in Chorzów. The development consists of two buildings; one residential – commercial, complementary to the west frontage of the Dębowa Street and the other for residential use only, located further back within the plot.
The residential & commercial building is attached to an early 20th century corner town house and honors its building line, but also accommodates itself to the curve of Dębowa Street by creating shape reversals accordingly. The building is raised on the southern side, providing a visual counterbalance to the high attic of the old corner town house. The residential building situated further back within the plot offers similar reversals as the front one, that helps to exhibit a historical villa enclosing an urban courtyard from the south.
The housing estate consists of 85 flats, mainly of one bedroom flats ranging from 42 to 46 sq m as well as some studio and two bedroom flats. Large three bedroom flats have been located in the raised part of building and it is designed for family with numerous children.
A limited budget determined use of simple means in shaping the urban courtyard, dominated by green car parks and formation of new buildings with colorful parts of walls and uninhibited windows – counterbalanced to the monotony of repeatable flats. This composition is supplemented by floral and paper bird motifs on the front facade.