International architectural practice KARAWITZ is a Paris based planning and design studio led by Milena Karanesheva and Mischa Witzmann. The experienced team of the studio works on a wide variety of projects from residential architecture to product design, delivering high-quality architecture to its clients at all costs.
Sustainable design is one of the most fundamental part of their philosophy. Presented project titled the Marly house is just the perfect example of this ideology. The house is located in the beautiful scenic community of Marly-le-Roi, Paris. In the neighborhood, houses are typically isolated with high fences. Unlike the others, the exceptional building created by the studio tries to break these rules with openness radiating from every detail. Due to different urban policies restricting the house to open up to another one, it is moved forward to rather open up to the street. Bypassing the policies with playful solutions, the perforated galvanized-steel fence provides an opportunity to the passersby to gaze through the building, straight to the garden located in the back.
Due to the deepness of the underground level where one can enter the house, the building seems to float on its plot. Stepping into the building via the underground entrance, one is confronted by the massive staircase which is carved out of a single piece of prefabricated steel. The interior of the ground level revolves around the heating, which provides the warmth for the entire house. On either side of the staircase the living room and the kitchen is located, while moving up to the upper floor, the private areas, like the bedroom and the children’s room were placed. While the designers kept the openness of the house in mind throughout the creation process, they still payed attention to preserving the privacy. High windows create a playful solution for these issues. Throughout the whole interior of the house, raw materials are left exposed, creating a balance between the elements for this solid wood cross-laminated timber prefabricated house.
“Everything is a pretext to awaken the curiosity of the passers-by, the pre-grayed larch cladding that envelops the whole thing right up to the rafts, thanks to the absence of covers, to the fold of the main facade - which opens a perspective towards the garden. The house really does seem to have achieved the lofty dream it was targeting with such clarity.” described the architects.