Since ancient times, the house has been standing in this protected area in the Czech Republic and as the only structure as far as the eye can see. Based on the circumstances and strict regulation, Fránek Architects proposed an archetypal form, with a sophisticated approach towards space, spiritually focused, unusual, and pure.
House in Krkonoše Technical Information
- Architects1: Fránek Architects, Zdeněk Fránek (Principal architect)
- Location: Krkonoše, Czech Republic
- Topics: Wood, Residential House
- Area: 464 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: © Petr Polák
The exterior of such houses is characteristic of its artistic beauty, the art of aging and immersing itself into the greenery. It expresses a kind of harmony with the universe. The understanding of its inhabitants that nothing lasts forever, but also the inimitability and irreplaceability of the present moment.
– Fránek Architects
House in Krkonoše Photographs
Text by the Architects
To design a house in the pristine nature of Krkonoše was an exciting challenge, especially when it was for my long-standing friend and his young family, for a person who loves nature, art, and life. Moreover, the house’s design corresponds in size to the existing building, which has been standing in this protected area since ancient times and as the only structure as far as the eye can see. The responsibility towards the circumstances and strict regulation gave an archetypal form. The investor also required a sophisticated approach towards space, spiritually focused, unusual, and pure.
The house is inserted in a sloping terrain so that the basement has an entrance from the lower floor facing towards the outdoor pool. The main entrance and driveway are on the ground floor in the upper part of the building. The basement is made of reinforced concrete, and from level ± 0,0 it is a timber structure. The truss consists of four frames – glued full bindings, into which three pairs of convexly curved pillows complete the view for better use of space, acoustic comfort, and lighting strategy.
Whilst the exterior of the building is fully cladded with larch glued laths, including the roof, the interior is white and pure, even the floors. It serves as a white canvas for incorporating art in the form of positive thinking. The investor himself perceives the house this way. The long journey in the forest evokes impatience and enhances the experience from the atmosphere.
The purity, in the interior of such houses, allows thoughts to flow and makes their personalities and intellect stand out, with whom they fill the space, inhabit, cosset and mark the interior while living.
One of the advantages is the house’s appropriate size and its favorable economic use and maintenance. Over time, a carport equipped with solar panels and a vegetable greenhouse will be added to the heat pump.
My experience with these formally pure houses is following, they are demanded by strong personalities who have their own idea of their direction, their place in this world, and the values their family represents. The exterior of such houses is characteristic of its artistic beauty, the art of aging and immersing itself into the greenery. It expresses a kind of harmony with the universe—the understanding of its inhabitants that nothing lasts forever and the inimitability and irreplaceability of the present moment.
In such houses’ interior, the purity allows thoughts to flow and makes their personalities and intellect stand out, with whom they fill the space, inhabit, cosset and mark the interior while living.
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About Fránek Architects
Fránek Architects is an architecture practice based in the Czech Republic, founded in 1989 by Zdeněk Fránek.
- Collaborator: Accountable designer Jiří Topinka