Located in a green landscape flanked by trees on all sides, the OUTrial House has some defining features that make the 1,937 square foot residential structure seem part of the landscape. In order to keep the surroundings as natural as possible, Polish architects from KWK Promes “raised” a carved part of the grassy property up to act as the roof, creating a continuation of nature around and on top of the house. Some new tasks were given to the architects after starting the project and they changed the arrangement quite a bit: “When the whole was ready, the client came up with another request, to create some space for a small recording studio and a conservatory. The latter was obtained by linking the ground floor with the grassy roof through an “incision” in the green plane and “bending” the incised fragment down, inside the building. This procedure turned the roof into an atrium, as the only way to reach it was through the interior of the house.

As opposed, however, to a typical atrium, the newly-created space has all the advantages of an outer garden while remaining a safe, internal zone within the building. This way, a new type of house was created, and its designation – outrial – is to convey the idea of an atypical atrium which is part of both the interior and the exterior of the building. The studio was created in a similar way as the conservatory, but in order to ensure work comfort for a rock musician, it was isolated from the rest of the house by shifting it upwards.” The interiors were flooded with natural light bouncing off the green landscape and the interiors were designed to contrast with the grass-covered outdoor staircase and front entrance. A luxurious mixture of natural and man-made create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.