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Black Cube House by KameleonLab Preserves while Undressing the Void

Designed by KameleonLab‘s architects Rafal Specylak and Kuba Wozniczka, the Black Cube House in Wroclaw, Poland was born as an extension of a simple 1970s house on the property. The clients goal was to transform the modest estate into a full-figured modern home that doubled the amount of living space, preserved the original structure and created a dramatic entryway and terrace.

The architects extended the original two-story house on two sides by added a T-shaped volume around it. This allowed for the addition of a living room on the ground floor and a hovering bedroom above the garden on the second level. The ground level of the home could then be dedicated as an entertaining and family area while the upper floor was partitioned off for the private bedroom spaces.

The new external prominence was also designed to shade a portion of the the terrace below, which is accessible through the wide sliding glass facade of the new living room.

Since the house is nestled within a crowded and bustling city, the client’s privacy was a main concern that guided the construction. Street-facing windows are sparse and carefully angled away from public view, and to make up for the decreased natural light exposure, the architects speckled skylights throughout the home.

The exterior of the home is paneled with black painted wood to create a startling texture. Structural beams were sculpted above the terrace to trace out the effective heaviness of a missing volume. Similarly the hollowed front entrance was painted green to create the dramatic impression of a subtracted volume. 

Keara Wright

Aspiring creative author and astrophysicist, with degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology.

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