Flying Carpet House

Flying Carpet House

S.LAB architecture
Szczecin, Poland
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Flying Carpet House

S.LAB architecture as Architects

The concept of a Flying Carpet House is a mix of Le Corbusier’s idea presented in his famous Dom-ino project with the dream of flying carpet. That model proposes not only a free plan but also free section. Interior space has still a traditional division into day zone and night zone but In the day zone there is no walls, no partitions, the space is free flowing as it were. There are different heights for different functions – interior space is modualted – for instance the height of a living room is diverse – from one end the ceiling goes up to allow more light to enter the house and to give a wider view outside, from other end the floor falls down with semicircular steps creating a kind of amphitheater, suitable for admiring the views behind appropriately taller glazing. In the night zone, where the bedrooms are located the height is lower and unified. The idea of a Flying Carpet House, which combines Le Corbusier’s points with the idea of a free section – has not only the fifth elevation (usable, undulated roof terrace) but also the sixth. The base of the house doesn’t rest on the ground anymore, but is elevated – it is almost levitating just like a flying carpet. Hence we gain ‘the underbelly of a house’, which has a whole new potential. Free space under the house makes a great porch or a car port for several cars. It is also a simple shelter from the rain or a play ground. Flying Carpet House explores the idea of a third space as well. First two traditional spaces are: the outside space and the inside space, third additional space is a space in-between. The rooms so small that usually are not considered as utility spaces, in which usually the M&E systems and pipes are housed, here are designed consciously as storage rooms and auxiliary spaces. The bedrooms are separated by a thick wall which is in fact a closet. The day zone is separatek from the night zone by level difference and another trick wall, which contains the library, the toilet and the plant room / boiler room. The structure of a house is in situ reinforced concrete for its sculptural possibilities, its plasticity and relatively low cost. Concrete floor slabs are supported by concrete column-walls and columns. This concrete shell is thermo-insulated and clad with aluminum and waterproof plywood sheets. Window and door frames are wooden. All colors are natural colors of materials used. Proposed way of shaping the space of a building has an ambition to become a new model. Presented version is merely one of many possible resultant house forms. Fluent space modulation of internal space within a storey results with interesting functional and aesthetical effects and has a large potential.

Project info: Location: Szczecin, Poland Design team: S.LAB architecture Tomasz Sachanowicz / Kolorama Anna Kobyłka

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