l House by moomoo architects

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Polish architecture practice moomoo architects have designed a house that will be clad entirely in a plastic insulating material normally used for roofing.

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To be located in Łódź, Poland, the design is based on that of traditional Polish houses but the roof rises steeply towards one end of the building.

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One wall will protrude from the residence at an angle to accommodate planning laws that mean the building's facade should be built parallel to the boundary of the site.

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Construction will be completed in 2010.

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Here's some text from the architects:

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It is the first house whose elevation has been made entirely of a plastic insulating material -Thermopian.

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Usually, this material has been used only for roofing.

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Thermopian has good thermal, acoustic and insulating properties and it can have any required colour.

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We were intent on the house form to relate to the proportions of a Polish house but at the same time we wanted it to be simple and redefined.

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One distinctive leaning wall is a result of a compromise between a simple shape and the local law, which requires building in line with plot borders.

  • Dave

    If this were concrete they may have a nice project on their hand. I’ll pass on living in a plastic container.

  • Sam

    Windows?

  • http://wearetol.com Barton Smith

    Will look great if it retains the same smooth finish of the renders.

  • http://www.session23design.com Michael

    What a beautiful setting to not have any windows.

    • Gilles

      Windows are overrated. Ha ha.

      • Karol

        Yep, Linux became more popular.

  • Mu

    Love it.. .

  • http://netzfx.de Oliver

    amazing … in some views it looks like a spaceship. very cool house!

  • http://www.sylvaindeleuphotography.blogspot.com Sylvain

    Amazing I’m running toward the phone to call batman
    that exactly what he been waiting for a new countryside retreat house with black wall in front of window so it’s allways daaaaaark . you know the music !

  • cheers

    would like to see interior and more details

  • W.

    any pictures inside? Or was it too dark to take any? :P

  • wentao

    why do you prefer the view out of your window is a wall instead of the green grass?

  • modular

    You know? I like this.

    At first it seemed ugly. Than it seemed weird. But now it’s growing something from the inside. I dig it. It has some freshness to it that makes us look twice.

    I wonder how this works with extremely hot weather. And interior pictures would be welcome.

  • andy

    nice wall, but too weak without any conceptual reason…plot border line??

  • andi

    Steve Jobbs (Apple Manager) was walking Bill Gates to see his new house. When the house sudennly appears says Steve: Bill this is the I-House!

    Bill: But it has no windows.

    Steve: Exactly !!!!

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    That is seriously slick!

  • WillM

    concrete would be nice, as would using the angled wall that currently obscures all but a small percentage of the site to reflect light rather than absorb it. A highly reflective light coloured interior face on the wall would make things more interesting. i question the need to obscure views on that side of the house… curious. im not sure id live in it and how will it look in 10years when the cladding is all pock marked and pitted?

  • http://bprarquitectura.com Juan

    Love it! simple!
    What window problem? The windows on the roof are perfect!
    Notice: If you don’t have money concrete would be a problem…

  • Matthias

    From a Polish architect’s perspective, it looks like all the rooms are receiving the adequate amount of light, per Polish building code. So, the building looks weird, but should be definitely OK and not too dark. I, too, wonder how long the material’s esthetics will last. UV and humidity kill all the plastics out there, sooner or later.

  • Elena

    Imagine yourself sitting in the living room upstairs and suddenly, you have to pee… Which path will you take? Through the bedroom and through 2 doors…or through the dark hallway and one door only…oh .. oh… sorry…you can't pass there especially if the the door is open! :)

    • M_S

      I think it is the first floor living room shown in the drawing.

  • http://www.davisbuckley.com Bill

    The plastic exterior material is in fact: Extruded Polystyrene, with a fiberglass mesh overlay. Anyone who lives in the USA would know it as: EIFS, the Exterior Insulated Finish System. Dryvit and Sto are the biggest names in the States.

    Most recently built homes/mid-rise condos/big-box retail made of ‘stucco’ are in reality made of this ‘plastic’.

    It appears that the finishes on this home in Poland are smotthed out finely. The key will be good execution and stable soils.

  • ben

    ..no windows?..one huge floor to ceiling in the ground floor and five others..3 in the loft..did I miss something?

  • Nom_de_Guerre

    Why no big windows you ask?

    I live in the country, where all traditional houses have little windows (like everywhere else in the world!). They are repecting the traditional openings of Polish traditional arqchitecture. Do you know the reason?

    You’re living in the country, you want to experience it?

    Just step outside!

    :D

  • mmm

    is it me being cynical or all the walls are thoroughly photoshopped?

  • mcmlxix

    Did I read right that zoning dictates that the building line run parallel to the lot line? What ridiculous micromanagement. I take it there are no curved roads or oddly angled lots. Still, why didn’t the designer orient the house to the road? What was the imperative to orient the house as is that required the zoning compliant garden wall. I suspect pretension.

    Anyway, I love the project, from the internal organization, to the fenestration, and the obviousness of the vernacular form that is given impact buy the bold color and singular material use.

    Two considerations. The garden wall adds whimsy to the overall form. Would it having been a textile form (especially in front of the living room window) added or subtracted to the design? And corrugated metal or wood would be more to my liking for sole exterior cladding, but then again that certainly has been done before.

  • Joe

    So cool looking one could almost overlook the fact that it is horribly under-windowed. You will have to walk across the house just to look outside. It is an interesting idea, but appears to lean far more toward concept than function.

  • steve

    Wish people would do more than just look at the pictures. By the way half the comments think that these are photos of the actual built project… well done, great renderings if you fooled that many people… maybe read the bit about construction expected to be completed in 2010. Oh yeah… it even explains the wall!!!

    Not the first project to use this type of material… however still a very nice project. Well done.

  • KDS

    I think that the Darth Vader-like exterior image of the house is pretty cool (do you have to wash it every time a bird poops on it?), but I find the plan painfully banal and generic.
    …And I’m surprised that nobody has commented on the horrid wedge of space that is framed by the angled wall. Seems totally grim.

  • William Smith

    I too live in the country Nom de Guerre. I step outside into it. Yet still I would feel suffocated by this house.

  • hj

    why people are complaining about the windows? I see a huge one with entrance to the outside, ever heard of CONTRAST?

  • Heath

    I like. Think of the insulation properties! That would be one cosy little place come winter, and if I’m right Poland gets a bit cold doesn’t it?

    The one coloured exterior is sensational, especially as its blue.

    Hovever I do hope that there was a legitimate reason for not orienting the house parallel to the road i the first place, because that wall doesn’t add anything but cost and darkness in my opinion.

  • http://poppypetunia.blogspot.com JUST COOL DESIGN

    no windows and black (or dark) insulation material??? that place must COOK! Nice minimalist look though

  • Matt

    Seems to be quite a stupid planning law that requires you to build facade facing boundary. What if environmental concerns dictate another orientation? Slapping another wall up to fit the code is a simple solution but surely the performance of the home is as important if not more so than how it looks form the street

  • kanye east

    vinyl/pvc will be the DEATH of all of us

  • travis

    it seems like the wall is a stunt that does actually very little fot the house. The gap between the wall and the house becomes a harsh acute angle where no grass will likely grow (given the wall’s height) nor be mown (note how the grass is nice and uniform in the collage) and that it would have been better to work with the constraint of the bylaw than to thumb its nose at it.
    It’s all about the questionable inventiveness of using a monolithic roofing material as cladding. The entrance is not really an entrance (do I not get a shelf do throw my keys or a closet to hang my coat), and the hallway you have to spelunk to arrive at the main living space is wasted space.

  • melon

    Elena,
    I think the living room shown in the upstairs plan is actually a void – you’re looking down into the living room below…
    Travis,
    The hallway you have to ‘spelunk’ (nice) I think adds a nice bit of compression before you enter the double height living room, with the view out, and which I think will quite light from the full height glazing in the wall and from the skylights over the bedroom (assuming the bedroom wall is open as on the plan)

    I assume that the wall & Roof with openings faces roughly south to the sun, with an insulated solid face facing the cold north winds… great in the winter, but Poland has really hot summers – I wonder what it will be like in the summer.

    I would like to see it in actual context – i.e. a site plan showing placement with boundary/road… I’m giving the benefit of the doubt – that the solid face is to the road or undesirable view, the house is angled so as to present the entrance to this border … or is it really in the wide green setting shown? I like the wall, but it will obstruct much light and summer breeze, and the acute angle next to the hallway window? that’ll be a pretty dismal area…

    I do like the project and its elemental representation of a classic house shape… curious to see if it’ll be as seamless as the renderings…

  • RQH

    How are you guys not noticing the GIANT wall of windows in the living room? In fact, every room has at least one gargantuan floor-to-ceiling window. They’re just all on the back. Check the plan, then the photo of the rear.

  • naji a

    if the distorted wall was supposed to follow the plot limit, where is that limit on the perspectives? on a another more sensitive level: what smell will this plastic house have?

  • http://www.ulfmarkpedersen.co.uk muffled1

    it’s always exciting to see such innovation in working with new materials especially with such inspiring results. i agree that interior of slanting wall should lighter to reflect more light into the space.

  • AGATA

    i’m concerned about the lack of light in the loft, the bedroom area has only one skylight…what about the soofas space?was it intended to make it look like a dungeon?they made quite a big window in the bathroom wall, then why not adding the one to enter the sunlight to the edroom/sofas?not mentioning the long corridor next to the entirely blind wall.
    polish law requires the windows/skylights area to be minimum 1/8 of the rooms area.being abide by that rule here is rather doubtfull.
    the crossed wall looks good on the model but imagine what happens in the “corner” next to the corridor window.
    to recap:good pics, but the project should have been reconsidered.

  • llooped

    I’d love to see them try to detail the inside corner of that wall and install that tiny window on the ground floor across from it. Looks like a builder’s nightmare.

  • Matthias

    @Agata: they will be OK with the light. What I’d be worried about is: who’s going to build this thing and take the responsibility for the rainwater management and thermal breaking detailing. A significant eaves overhang has always been the crucial element in traditional Polish houses, all across the country. Not without a reason.
    That said, the detailing can be done. But then, as someone mentioned, cracks will appear, as well as nasty chemical drips on the surface, leading to inevitable erosion and water penetration.
    I wish you guys an insurance agent who is a big fan of Herzog & De Meuron ;)

  • AGATA

    @Matthias:as for rainwather, i don’t even see the drains there…

  • Matthias

    @Agata: it’s because they will eventually dig a trench all around the house ;) Drains in a rendering? :) Pozdrawiam!

  • melon
  • Steph

    mmm … Its a nice try …but … it's nothing new to close a front facade, what a view from the inside by the way, also the logical circulation inside seems a little bit forgotten, and also nothing new, inside it seems like organisation nr.57 from a contractor's catalogue, it clearly misses something special, except for the outside finish maybe. When you look at the renders from the garden side, it pretty much looks like a very very standard home to me, found about everywhere in the world… too bad for the time spent on it.

  • sultony

    It is such a shame that the rectilinear grip of modernism still persists. Living is such an organic interactive mess of stuff and needs to be expressed. More organic humanistic approach is required.

  • https://www.facebook.com/eidam Adam Ambrus

    it's a pity that the facade is in these photos/renders taken out of the street's context. i would be eager to see it work along the neighbouring houses.

  • alex

    Haha, beautiful. How do they call it – generic architecture?