Due to its relatively small size and the diagonal position of one of the walls, determined by the road planned next to it, the gabled, cuboid building has taken on the characteristic stubby shape. Since there are only six flats inside it, the window openings create a unique composition on the façades. All the flats and the attic with storage units are served by a single staircase. Simple materials were used to finish the building: coarse mineral render, steel sheeting and wooden slats.
A simple and low-cost residential building commissioned by one of the suburban housing associations. It refers to the typology of single-stairwell, two-storey blocks of flats from the 1950s, which form the walls of the square adjacent to Szkolna Street in Siechnice. The building complements the idea from half a century ago, but does not pretend to date back to that time. It provides simple, inexpensive and therefore affordable housing for 17 families, without unnecessary expenditure on underground car park, costly façades or other gadgets. If we were to call it in one word, it would be “decent.”
Over the past decades Siechnice had struggled with a lack of a centre, undefined public spaces and two points of gravity with functions randomly scattered between them. The 1997 flood triggered revitalisation mechanisms, giving rise to a redefinition of the urban layout in an attempt to knit the two parts of the town together. We based the main idea of the project on the interaction between the church and the middle school. This established a new centre of gravity, which, together with its historical axis, created its own geometry that culminated and materialised in the town hall building.