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Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland







In the heart of the palatial Warsaw suburb of Konstancin-Jeziorna, a villa emerges, not just as a dwelling but as a canvas that pays homage to the art of Julian Stanczak. Spanning 1,600sm, this Villa for an Art Collector is more than a residence; it's a testament to the harmonious blend of interior design and architectural solutions, where every corner, every space, and every nuance speaks of meticulous attention to detail and a profound understanding of the surroundings.

Konstancin-Jeziorna, with its rich tapestry of historic Palladian villas, stands as a beacon of architectural resilience and significance. It's one of the rare gems in Warsaw that withstood the ravages of WWII, preserving its architectural heritage and offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Nestled within this historic enclave, the villa finds its place, not as an intrusion but as a continuation of a legacy.

The site itself is a marvel, ensconced in a unique forested green-belt area. This location, with its strict zoning and landscape regulations, could have been a constraint. But constraints, when viewed through the lens of creativity and innovation, transform into opportunities. With only a 10% building footprint allowed, the challenge was to design a space that was both expansive and intimate, grand yet unobtrusive.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Palladian 9-square-grid, the villa's design becomes a masterclass in architectural solutions. This planning device serves a dual purpose. On one hand, it contextualizes the project, ensuring that the villa seamlessly integrates with the historic fabric of Konstancin-Jeziorna. On the other, it responds adeptly to the stringent zoning requirements, turning potential limitations into design strengths.

Within the villa, the magic of interior design unfolds. The Palladian plan, often associated with symmetry and order, is reimagined to create spaces that breathe, that invite light, and that offer vistas of the surrounding greenery. The interiors are spatially expansive, with each room telling a story, each corner offering a perspective. It's a space where the art of Julian Stanczak finds its rightful place, where the play of colors on the canvas resonates with the interplay of light and shadow within the villa.

Externally, the villa is a study in restraint and elegance. While the interiors revel in their expansiveness, the exterior remains volumetrically compact, respecting the site and its regulations. It's a balance that's hard to achieve, yet when done right, it results in a structure that's both imposing and inviting.

In essence, the Villa for an Art Collector is not just a residence. It's a celebration of the past and the present, of art and architecture, of interior design and architectural solutions. It stands as a testament to the power of design to transform spaces, to tell stories, and to create experiences that linger long after one has left.

Lukasz Kos
Edyta Krawczyk
Bartosz Trocha

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