Location: Poznan, Poland Architects: mode:lina architekci Size: 1,500 square feet
Built for a busy professional couple, the "Beam and Block" house in Poznan, Poland accommodates the hectic work schedules and a bustling family life. Intuitive storage systems were custom built into the structure's exposed concrete frame, which easily skirts any accusations with Brutalism (fortresslikeness) thanks to the addition of bright white panels, friendly yellow doors, and warm wood beams and floors.
The homeowners specifically requested a large kitchen island to create ample space for hasty weeknight meal prep, as well as additional areas for leisurely weekend cooking. Standing at the island—a minimal wood panel—you look out onto the central living area outfitted with a multi-purpose dining and work table along with a simple gray couch, asymmetrical built-in bookshelf, and TV.
The designers went to work on the typically unused space under the stairs, adding a miniature fireplace as well as hidden cabinets and a small dog house. In the image above, you can also see the large, wood-framed window panels, which flood the living space with natural light.
Above is another view of the downstairs dining and living area.
The yellow accents are a running motif, adding a cheery punch to the otherwise sleek, industrial-looking space. Here, you can see it on the sliding yellow door on the downstairs bathroom.
To optimize wall space without cluttering the home's overall streamlined look, the kitchen is equipped with a series of hidden cupboards built flush with the wall. Simple artwork and elegant appliances bring life to the space without adding visual noise.
Another view of the couple's modern artwork and wood-framed concrete staircase.
The yellow motif continues into the upstairs bedroom, where the color was used to finish sliding closet doors and a corner window frame. The unfinished wood bed frame picks up on the natural elements in the house, while dark charcoal walls create a cozier feel.
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