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The renovation of a Warsaw apartment overlooking a forested bluff came with many surprises. Commissioned to reconfigure the 220-square-metre space, which consisted of the top two floors of a four-storey tenement, Lukasz Kos encountered what he characterizes as a typical Polish “Frankenbuilding.” In the 1990s, during the “wild, free-market period” after the fall of Communism, many buildings that went up in “a quick and rash manner” were originally packed with units. New owners have since taken over to build out their dream homes. “What you have as a result,” explains Kos, “are all these strange architectural compositions.” 

In the particular case of the Urban Forest Apartment, which Kos has created for a family of six, the...

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