House LO by Ateliér Lina Bellovičová was completed in 2018 in Chřiby, Czech Republic, and uses Hempcrete as its primary building material due to its great insulating features, recyclability, and resistance to pests, fire, and molds.
House LO Technical Information
- Architects: Ateliér Lina Bellovičová
- Location: Trávník 2094, 68603 Staré Město, Czech Republic
- Topics: Hempcrete, Houses
- Plot Size: 20000 m2
- Built-up Area: 195 m2
- Project Year: 2017 – 2018
- Photographs: © BoysPlayNice
Building with hempcrete is easy and allows the builder to build their house on their own. Material is petrifying for several years and draws carbon dioxide from the air around during this process. Hempcrete has great insulating features, is recyclable, and resistant to pests, fire, and molds.
– Lina Bellovičová
House LO Photographs
Text by the Architects
Ondřej (the client) loves nature and forests. Before having children, he led a life of a modern nomad. He owned a site in the middle of the woods and always dreamt about building a cabin there. During winter, he lived in the city, and in spring, he relocated to his parent’s cabin near the house LO’s future building site. He wanted his house to be connected to the surrounding nature, be ecological, and have his own photo chamber there to spend his winter evenings developing his photos. He also had a clear idea about the building material.
As hempcrete has never been used as a building material in the Czech Republic, it was a great challenge for me as an architect. First struggles evolved in a valuable experience and fascination with its features and its history. Building with hempcrete is easy and allows the builder to build their house on their own. Material is petrifying for several years and draws carbon dioxide from the air around during this process. Hempcrete has great insulating features, is recyclable, and resistant to pests, fire, and molds.
House LO is defined by three elements: two perforated stones and a thin wooden sheet. The void in between the stones is the living space of the house. It is separated from the surrounding nature by large sliding windows that allow the space to become part of the outdoors and frame picturesque views. The two stones contain an entrance, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The house has a cellar with technical facilities, a photo chamber, club room, and storage.
A large terrace runs around the house, being protected from bad weather by the roof overhang so that the owner can spend as much time outside as possible. The roof is covered with a green carpet so that the house merges with nature and is well insulated. The layout of the house is designed to use its space to the fullest. The house will gradually become part of nature. First, it will be home to a family with two children, later become a family summer retreat, and even later a comfortable home for an elderly couple.
House LO Plans
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About Ateliér Lina Bellovičová
Lina studied architecture at the Brno University of Technology. During her studies, she took part in the Bauhaus Summer School in Dessau – Germany, and did an internship in Zurich – Switzerland. She also worked in studio Tato architects in Kobe – Japan, where she worked on designing the candy shop Papabubble in Osaka. After returning to the Czech Republic, she founded her own studio. She focuses on family houses, residential buildings, and urban studies in the Czech Republic and abroad in her practice.