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South Moravian Village House / ORA

South Moravian Village House / ORA

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice + 30

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Božice, Czech Republic
  • Architects: ORA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 191.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018
  • Photographs Photographs: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: JÁNOŠÍK OKNA-DVEŘE, Wienerberger, Ytong
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

Text description provided by the architects. The task was clear: Design for us a contemporary country house.
We began by exploring the concept of a contemporary Moravian village. Today, the definition of a rural house in Czechia seems to be ambiguous. Within a village, nobody pays attention to the historical and settlement context anymore. We think that Czech and Moravian village experiences one of the largest urban planning crises in history.

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

Our aim was to show that a country house should not act as an urban villa placed carelessly in the middle of the estate, a phenomenon common for most of today's projects. Rather than isolating the estate from its surroundings, it needs to open up and find its way back to the street. Instead of turning away from the street, we wanted to highlight its existence.

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Ground Plan
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Unlike a garage, a prominent window was to articulate the connection between the interior and the street. Nonetheless, maintaining privacy for the inhabitants formed an important consideration - a private courtyard located behind a wall is also a well-known feature of local country houses.

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

Location. The estate is situated on the edge of a village, where villas of a more urban character have replaced the traditional rural structure. It seems as if the house formed an imaginary boundary between the old and the new urbanism. The plot is narrow and sloped. Our design came out in an elongated, single-storey shape. The scale of the house corresponds to the scale of a local traditional homestead. The building border has returned as near to the street and neighbours as regulations and neighbourly relationships permit. If it were only for us, the building would have been pushed right to the edge of the estate as it was usual hundreds of years before.

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

As the building owner works in agriculture, we first considered using rammed earth as the material for the exterior walls. Using this method, we would have had plenty of cheap straw and dung at our disposal. But in the end, the investor opted for using conventional cellular concrete blocks. The roofing is bright red and the walls of white so pure it makes one’s eye narrow. The traditional porch provides a pleasant shadow.

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

A gable facade with a bay window forms the face of the house. The bay window gently breaks through the facade and the surface gradually seems to soften. This is one of the main features of the house. We strove to maximize the view and to form a relationship between the house and the street. At the same time, we wanted to articulate the representative gable wall of a country house in a contemporary language. We refused to settle for small windows and wished to avoid exaggerated romanticism.

© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

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Cite: "South Moravian Village House / ORA" 26 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/913668/south-moravian-village-house-ora/> ISSN 0719-8884

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