Vila Hermína / HSH architekti

Ester Havlova

Architects: HSH architekti
Location: Černín,
Project Team: Petr Hájek, Tomáš Hradečný, Jan Šépka
Project Year: 2000
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Ester Havlová

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The building is situated on a sloping terrain on the outskirts of Černín, taking the same slope into its internals for floors. The interior layout is based on alternating straight and sloping floor surfaces that create the overall spiralling character of the interior and define the building’s external appearance.

Ester Havlova

However, the use of the sloping floor on the ground floor is not purposeless – it is there on investor´s reguest to accomodate movie projections as a small movie theatre. Windows and other openings are placed with respect of the external façade – each of the walls only has one opening. For thermal and water insulation a polyurethane spray with pink coat is used, meant as a credit to our favourite building of Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau by Ludwig Leo.

Cite: "Vila Hermína / HSH architekti" 28 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • J. F.

    i dont like this house at all. who would like to live there?? with these slopes everywhere…

  • Mitch

    I dont mind the interior organization, it is actually quite interesting – I am more curious why they chose to finish the exteior in cake frosting

  • Chris

    So 1st off, why show renders of a bathroom. Second, that plastery-messy concrete material used for the interior walls is a little disturbing for a bathroom setting. Looks like a prison cell or something. Materials of this project are very poorly planned.

  • zp

    I think, idea is risky, but interior result is nice. maby sloping part is to big, and finishing is agressive for some of us, but it depends on family attitude… i would like to live there.

  • Hyon Tak Yun

    Amazing. This is real architecture. Thank you for sharing this with us Nico.

  • nidoll

    haha cute fun little space

    • Randy

      Isn`t it, though?

  • nonono

    I think these people don’t really care with outside. inside looks so much nicer

  • gjg

    this is strange

  • Lukasz Prazuch

    Congratulations! I do like it very much. There will be a lot of controversy in connection to it. In my opinion you did good job including exterior finish. I like that the materials are very rough.

  • bb

    one of the best project-realisation i have seen during the past two years…so simple and conceptual, humoristic, alive, contemporary and pop – real supprise! GOGO SEPKA!

    • Loreta

      ..of course- this project is simple but conceptual, I agree with you!

  • Jeison

    ‘bb’ couldn´t have defined it better.

  • andy

    wow, i love it, THIS IS ARCHITECTURE, somebody told me, that owner’s children was asking, why we have so ordinary house?

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  • devoided

    Amazing site
    Amazing clients
    a country with few architectural restrictions (this is impossible to build in Portugal, for example)



    Congratulations, I like it.

    • devoided

      by “architectural restrictions”, I mean legislation.

      • sullka

        you sure?, private houses don’t really follow the same constraints as public housing.

  • Chas

    I like the interior but I gotta agree with the “cake frosting” analagy. the exterior is horrible. if they would have put as much care into the exterior as they did the exterior then this would be a great house instead of a pink pimple on an otherwise beautiful hillside.

  • Chas

    I like the interior but I gotta agree with the “cake frosting” analagy. the exterior is horrible. if they would have put as much care into the exterior as they did the exterior then this would be a great house instead of a pink pimple on an otherwise beautiful hillside.
    It looks to me like the architects got so caught up in the interior that they don’t seem to have realized that the house has gorgous views. trying to take advantage of its location would have been nice. having some exterior spaces with some trellis’s or something could have helped dress up the exterior.

  • louis genghis kahn

    where can i get that chairs hanging from the roof?

    • Tom Tom

      They are from IKEA

  • psarq

    In my opinion, the exterior polyurethane insulation left exposed, doesn’t produce a nice result at all. The building just looks unfinhished and doesn’t relate to anything in its surroundings… It’s a pity, because otherwise this is a rather insteresting project.

  • J. F.

    oh c’mon!! this house looks more like a children playroom or a video game scenario …im not agree about that this is a great project…

    I find it unconfortable and cheesy, but risky certanly.

  • c franklin

    Totally amateur effort. Realize it’s the holiday season — but there’s much better material out there…

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  • little tim

    why would anyone in their right mind want to live in a space like that. is more of a death trap than a home. there are millions of better projects out there that need publishing. focus on those.

    however i do give props to the owners very brave choice for such traditional setting.

    • dev

      owner is psychiatrist, btw :)

  • hyon

    I think what’s most offensive about this place is that it manages to be what it is without all the the makeup that we usually resort to when trying to make a building pretty. It is all the more commendable because this “choice” was not really a choice at all – but a necessity. It’s simplicity of form, response to site, honesty of materials, construction – it’s all there. To marginalize this work, I think, is in a way condemning ourselves to a life of catering to those who can only buy art but not conceive of it.

  • Adrian

    Has anyone noticed that some authors have a strange tendency towards compensating the smallness and insignifiance of their projects with a plethora of pictures and details? Like they try to convince you they’ve just made an golden egg…

  • christopher

    would anyone really want to live here?

  • Fudge

    The exterior is crude. I can see the intention. Contrast. It works well with the beautiful interior, with such an innovative, conceptual organisation of space, unfortunately the exterior is still a bit horrible.

  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: Vila Hermína.

  • larry king

    treatrical nonsense for first pages of all exhibicionist architectural magazines of the world.
    let there be nonsense and superficial architecture.
    no more normalism and inteligence!!!

  • nikola

    I think this is very interesting project… well, the interior part, but definitely not for couple who would like to grow old in it since it’s only for young and strong people with all of those steep slopes around the place.

    and PLEASE, one thing that I would like for someone to EXPLAIN me is how to you combine open fluid space and family life? what happens when parents want a little privacy? or when children become teenagers? is really normal for whole family to live in what is practically one room?

  • anais

    This house is not by Sepka architekti but by HŠH architects ! …this is their last project. After they split each of them founded new team…one of them is Šépka architects…