A Home Whose Driveway Is Functional Indoor Space: The Autofamily House.

Autofamily House by KWK Promes

Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes, the architecture firm behind The Safe House, a wild fortress-like house with moving walls, continues to integrate unique thinking into their designs.

Autofamily House by KWK Promes

Auto Family House by KWK Promes


Konieczny says of this project “Autofamily house represents a new way of thinking about the entrance area in a suburban residence. We usually enter the house by a car, using the garage integrated in main solid. The main entrance is rarely used. Nowadays the cars are becoming cleaner and more eco-friendly, hence the idea emerged to include the garage into the representative entrance area.

As a result, a new type of a family house emerged. In the Autofamily House the entrance area and the driveway get transformed into an unique multifunctional space and the moment of driving in the house become a pleasant experience.”

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In this instance, the owner is an art collector and the indoor tunnel functions as an art gallery.

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The terrain is leveled in order to obtain two zones: the driveway space and the private garden. The driveway is left on the ground level and the house with intimate garden is lifted 3 meters above and separated by a retaining wall. As to comfort access to the building, in meaning of parking the car on the level of living room, a route connecting the two levels were designed. However, to avoid dividing the garden, the driveway is covered with a green roof and finished with walls serving as borderlines. The result is a tunnel emerging in the garden, becoming a house.

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Architects: KWK Promes
Location: Poland
Author: Robert Konieczny
Collaboration: Katarzyna Furgalińska, Magdalena Adamczak, Łukasz Marciniak
Structural Engineering: Kornel Szyndler
Area: 990.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Olo Studio, Juliusz Sokołowski