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In Katowice, Poland, a The house of the 1970sThe house has been renovated to a great extent, thanks to the architect Grzegorz Layer. This terraced home, measuring 225 square metres (approximately 2 422 square feet), was meticulously redesigned with an open-plan design that pays homage the classic aesthetics from 1970s Polish modernism.
The extensive renovation included a variety of structural changes. A new staircase was integrated, the ground floor’s level was lowered, internal walls were completely removed, windows were enlarged, and the roof was raised. The result is an interior that is spacious and versatile, and can be easily configured for different functions.
The large ground floor includes an entryway, a dining room, a living area, and a spacious kitchen with stools at the bar for casual meals. The only enclosed spaces in the house are a bathroom and pantry, cleverly hidden inside a built-in structure that is painted a vibrant shade of green.
Large furniture pieces reminiscent of iconic meblościanki or “furniture-walls,” keeps the layout organized while emphasizing the home’s geometry. Wood finishes and fluted details add warmth to the interior, evoking the wood paneled wall designs of the 1970s. The light concrete floors are the perfect canvas to showcase the carefully selected furniture and accessories.
The color palette on the main floor combines white walls with black elements. Soft green details are used in moderation.
Steel columns and beams will remain exposed, visually suggesting the division of the spaces on the main-level into zones. Lighting plays a crucial role in enhancing the ambience throughout. Arrangements of technical fixtures coexist with design-driven lights that echo the period when the home was built.
The new staircase floods the space with natural light and provides access to the rooftop terrace and upstairs.
The second level is designated as a personal area. It houses bedrooms, bathrooms, an office, and other private areas. The open staircase with its glass ceiling allows the spaces to flow seamlessly between the two floors.
Photographs by Grzegorz Layer.