Villa Botanica, Houses for Living in a Good Place to Live.
Neighbourhood and urban housing estate
In a way, Villa Botanica is an extension of the Culture Park in Powsin, a park housing development located in the vicinity of the Kabacki Forest, Skarpa Powsińska, and the botanical garden in Powsin, enclaves comprised in Natura 2000. The simple lines of houses on three levels, both semi-detached and single-family, designed as the first stage of the project, will be repeated with minor variations as part of stage two and three, giving the urban complex a lot of elegance. The buildings, decorated in white, are covered with materials in warm colours resembling natural wood. A limited number of houses, ninety-three and four commercial units, make up the three stages of Villa Botanica, giving the development a unique character. The Villa Botanica estate opens up to vast green areas in its surroundings, and therefore, similarly to other FPP projects, such as Ostoja-Wilanów in Warsaw (1,929 apartments and 37 commercial units) or Innova (Osiedle-Innova, Apartamenty Innova, Osiedle Moderno, or Innova Concept) in Wrocław (1,370 flats and 13 commercial units), Villa Botanica is not a gated community, surrounded by walls, and has no entrances manned by security guards.
As indicated above in the description of the green surroundings of the estate, the houses are located on a 6-hectare plot, on which, upon completion of the project, green areas or soft landscaped areas will account for 60 percent of the estate area. When designing the green areas, in order to preserve the specific biodiversity characteristic of the surroundings, we relied on the elements already existing in the present landscape. Following the example of the Ostoja Wilanów estate, Villa Botanica, in addition to the independent gardens attached to each of the houses, offers a park for residents with a playground for children, beach volleyball court, and garden area, plus the estate green surrounded by commercial units as part of stage three. Additionally, a green corridor will run along the entire length of the plot from Drewny Street to Potułkały Street, crossing the central square, being part of a linear park with a shared foot and bicycle path.
Design by Szymborski & Szymborski
The houses have been designed by the Szymborski & Szymborski architects, who have been working with FPP since the company’s inception in 2005, both on the Ostoja Wilanów estate in Warsaw (buildings A1, C3, C4, and B2) and Osiedle-Innova estate in Wrocław (building 4). The houses have been designed around a large garden in which, as a sign of respect for the environment, there are tall old trees accompanied by various types of vegetation. On the ground floor of the houses, there is the living room, kitchen combined with the living room, which—depending on the client’s preferences—may or may not be self-contained. In the case of many of the houses, the ground floor includes a study or a multi-purpose room, toilet, and in most of the instances a two-car garage. Additionally, in the vast majority of the houses, it is possible to park two other cars outdoors, in the driveway of each house. On the first floor, depending on the specific house layout selected, there are three or four bedrooms, at least one with a bathroom, some with large terraces, bathrooms, and additionally with a laundry room or a utility room. The attics, measuring from 60 to 70 sq. m in floor space, include two comfortable rooms with a bathroom. They have been designed specifically for, but not limited to, those who prefer to take refuge in a quiet and isolated place to work, read, or study. Given the distance between the attic and the other shared parts of the house on the ground floor, top quality of remote work is guaranteed.