LocationBrno, Czech Republic
Architect TeamMagdalena Rochová, Radek Jarousek
Structural engineerRadek Brandejs
Garden designMartina Forejtová A05
Text description provided by the architects. Situated on a sloping plot in a beautiful location overlooking the centre of Zebetin with views of the church and surrounding countryside. The house is situated on the upper part of the plot facing the street. The mass of the house continues onto the row of houses in the lower part of the street.
The main motto of the design is the „clever“ establishment of the mass and dispositions of the house onto the sloping terrain and its continuity into the garden and the street. The design respects the original terrain and „violates“ it as little as possible.The shape of the house is defined by the boundary of the plot and is slightly trapezoidal. It is an archetypal shape, a simple mass with a gabled roof.
A garage mass is situated in front of of the house in the street facing part, with entrance neck and a small drive in court -yard paved with bricks and with defining seethrough walls made from reinforced concrete and a larch wood drive-in gate. From the yard one can go down the precast concrete steps, around the house and into the garden and onto a large patio terrace.
The mass and facade towards the garden contrast the traditional windows created by large glassed areas complemented by a simple box shaped wooden glazed bay window.
The house is entered through the vestibule which leads onto the garage. The hallway runs through the entire house with a single-arm open staircase rising to the top of the building. Three rooms, a dressing room and a bathroom are situated on the entrance „rooms“ floor. The room with the bay window allows beautiful changing views – picture framed views of the church.
From the hall one can walk down the staircase into the living area with a kitchen and a dining room. This semi-transparent oak staircase separates the living part from the kitchen and the dining room. The main area is connected to the garden and terrace by a large sliding window. A fireplace is located in the living area. In the rear part of the disposition there is a WC, a laundry room and a technical room.
Access to the attic is gained via the staircase from the entrance hall onto the open gallery. On this floor there are two childrens‘ rooms and a bathroom.
The garden is an important part of the whole design. An axis of reinforced concrete stepping stones runs through the garden and continues up to the internal staircase. The larch terrace which runs across the entire width of the property balances the level of the garden, from which one can walk down the riding steps into the utilitarian part of the garden.