LocationHonětice, Czech Republic
Architect in ChargeMartin Prokš, Marek Přikryl
Text description provided by the architects. Biotope, more than ever, becomes a very popular type of artificial bathing system with a natural water-cleaning technology (non-chemical). The guest facilities are inbuilt into former garages for agricultural machinery. We keep the old reinforced concrete prefab structure with the ornamental ribbed ceiling, while the space between the columns serves newly for refreshments, cafeteria, sports rental, sanitary units.
The whole structure can be easily opened to all sides thanks to large gates embedded into the supports modules. When the gates are shut, the façade still works as a semi-permeable filter between the interior and the exterior.
For the masonry we recycled the old bricks the garages were built from in 1962. All bricks were made in local brickyards and despite its fame of high-quality product this manufacture ceased to exist. Wash troughs, showers and lavatories are from stainless steel and are adjusted to fit the camp requirements.
Installations are visible, and the space is illuminated by diffused light reflecting off the ceiling. Used details, materials and the structure itself help to create informal and fresh atmosphere of the whole swimming pool area.
Farmstead Honětice has always been a part of the nearby castle in Zdislavice. After the Second World War the estate was nationalized and during the collectivization the scheme of former courtyard was damaged. Two main barns were demolished and garages for the machinery were attached.
After many years of idle time this farm was found in a desolated state. For the last 5 years the reconstruction of the whole complex and its transformation into a new agro-tourist site has been carried out.