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Villa Řitka / studio pha

  • 00:00 - 3 January, 2013
Villa Řitka / studio pha
Villa Řitka / studio pha, © Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal

© Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects in Charge

    Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
  • Collaborators

    Filip Tomášek, Gabriela Fišarová, Eva Bukovská Tomáš Trojan
  • Area

    490.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal

Text description provided by the architects. The basic idea is a kind of enclosure of the building in and on itself, and the use of the sloping ground to divide the building into a two-storey main residential part on the upper part of the land and a lower building containing the garages and entrance hall further down the slope.

© Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal

The result is essentially a two-storey house with a flat roof, positioned atop the concrete “retaining wall” of the lower structure. The house’s plan is of “U”-shape, or equally it could be described as a rectangle with an interior atrium open on one side to the surrounding landscape. Inside the atrium is a small pool, which ensures for this space pleasant cooling, reinforced by the system of louvered blinds against the sun.

© Filip Šlapal
© Filip Šlapal

The flat roof is weighted down with tiles, forming a kind of terrace landscaping retaining surfaces of flower-boxes filled with vegetation. As a result, the structure appears – even seen from above on the access road – as an organic compact whole of pleasing appearance. In this way, the roof becomes itself a fifth facade.

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Section & elevation

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Cite: "Villa Řitka / studio pha" 03 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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