• OBR Paolo Brescia Tommaso Principi Villa Milanowek Warsaw Poland

Villa Milanowek

The aim of the project is to create a residential villa integrated with the extraordinary landscape of the forest of Milanowek, near Warsaw, preserving the existing trees. The project's lot is in fact characterized by the presence of nearly thirty high centenarian trees. After a careful series of botanical examinations we have elaborated a diagram to consider the health of the trees, their future growth, the diameter of their roots and volumes of foliage of the different species.The concept predicts four functional corps, designed on two levels, each with a sloping roof, assembled and connected around the existing trees. The openings of the corps are full height and full width, taking advantage of the southern and zenithal natural light. The project provides a winter-garden solution; due to the greenhouse effect, the double skin of glass (the internal layer with double glazing thermal cut glass and the external one with open joint simple glass) creates thermal isolation comparable to a normal brick wall, while guaranteeing a maximum inside-outside visual transparency and relation with the garden and the forest.

OBR design team:
Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi
Izabela Sobieraj

Project team:


Milanowek, Warsaw

site area 1.750 sqm
built area 350 sqm

2011 Under construction
2008 Concept design