The Boats is a complex of wooden cottages designed by Karpiel Steindel Architecture and built in Kościelisko, Poland. While the rear face of each building is closed off to the mountain landscape to the north, to the south, they open to views across the Tatra Mountains.
From the site access road, the new buildings are inconspicuous, blending in with the mountain landscape and the roofs of the town of Podhale in the distance. To the south, where the views are the most spectacular, the interiors open wide to the landscape, with large windows and spacious balconies.
The use of black dranic (an aged wood that resembles raw timber planks) has given the cottages the look of mountain refuges. The project, though, owes its name to the triangular shape of the two guest cabins. Emphasized by the bright hues of larch, which distinguish the interiors from the darker exteriors, the shape of the cottages does bring a boat hull to mind.
The monolithic character of the northern face of the guest cottages underscores the uniformity of color. In the main building, this uniformity masks the entrance and garage doors. A glazed section between then main building and the garage contributes to softening the visual impact of the main building, preventing it from overshadowing the adjoining guest cottages. Its eaves extend less to the north and more to the south to provide partial cover for the balcony.
Photographer: Krystian Morawetz