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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring / ORA

  • 01:00 - 18 February, 2015
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring / ORA
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring  / ORA, © Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

© Jan Žaloudek © Jan Žaloudek © Jan Žaloudek © Jan Žaloudek + 17

  • Architects

    ORA
  • Location

    Mikulov na Moravě, 692 01 Mikulov, Czech Republic
  • Architects in Charge

    Jeník Hora, Barbora Zmeková
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

Text description provided by the architects. Where? The loft is a part of the former school building built at the end of nineteenth century. The house is located in small south-Moravian city named Mikulov well known because of its unique landscape and wine.

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

What? The space of former lecture hall was devalued by new concrete ceiling during the communist time. Above the hall was created hardly usable attic space. Beautifully carved roof frame was hidden and waited for revelation.In meantime the space of former lecture hall was changed into flats. It will never be again one continuous space.

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

Why? When we have discovered this unique space we looked for a way how to keep the static logic, how to keep the atmosphere, how to comply with heritage protection laws and the most important, how to create comfortable space for living.

Diagram
Diagram

How?The most important decision was to keep everything in original condition. One of our rules is that sometimes the most important part of the design is not to design.

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

The attic was segmented by steel rods in a steady rhythm and there was a need to connect space and find the way how to go across the rods. We have enlarged the rectification nooses and created frames in the size of human body. The rods divide the space into individual "rooms". The walls are imaginary as same as in the Kim Ki-duk's movie.

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

Whom?The project was done. But the most complicated part was to find someone who fit in this space. It is widely the biggest studio apartment. We made also family version but it was too complicated. At the end we found ideal residents, a couple. They use it as a summer place during the time spent in Czech Republic. 

© Jan Žaloudek
© Jan Žaloudek

The budget was pressing us for some compromising solutions and some rough details which are going with the concept. We hope that the old spirit was preserved.


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Cite: "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring / ORA" 18 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/597478/spring-summer-fall-winter-and-spring-ora/> ISSN 0719-8884
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