Tatra residence: Reference objects


Jan Karpiel and Marcin Steindel have created a fresh take on the traditional architecture of Zakopane. In their Tatra house, glass, concrete and aluminium exist in harmony with wood, the predominant material in Poland’s winter sports capital. Above all, the house frames the view of the mountains.

‘It is different from most of the other properties here in Zakopane,’ explains Marcin Uroda, tradesman, tinsmith and owner of Blacharstwo Budowlane Uroda Marcin. ‘Most of our roofs and façades here are made of wood. Then a lot of details are added. But the architects here wanted to change things up and designed the roof using another material,’ explains the tradesman. Their first idea was to use steel. ‘Aluminium is a lot better than steel, though,’ says Uroda with confidence. In particular, it is more flexible and does not rust. These are valuable characteristics for modern architecture and the rather hostile weather conditions in the Upper Tatras. During the harsh winter of 2018-19, the valley saw up to 1.80 m of snow. The holiday home was therefore sheeted with PREFALZ in P.10 anthracite.

Special building-based solution

Data & facts


Roof system Prefalz


02 P.10 anthracite


Karpiel Steindel Architecture, Jan Karpiel, Marcin Steinde


Blacharstwo Budowlane Uroda Marcin





Object type

Single-family houses, Alpine huts


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PREFALZ seamed roof in P.10 zinc grey with roof windows

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Renovation Gallery: Buildings before and after renovation

Due to their light weight, PREFA products turn the renovation of roofs and façades into child’s play – and the cosmetic treatment also produces great results.

Renovation Gallery: Buildings before and after renovation

House with a garage after roof renovation with PREFA roof tiles in anthracite
House before roof renovation with PREFA roof tiles, gable roof and garage