David Hladík
CTU in Prague - Faculty of Civil Engineering
Czech Republic

Project idea

The family house is located in Prague Hlubočepy. It is a cadastral area in the southern part of Prague. On the property, which is located in the historic part of Hlubočep, there is an existing old barn building. The task was to design a family house for a four-member family on this property. The current barn object could be preserved, demolished, or partially used according to our approach. The main goal was to ensure a comfortable family living of a higher standard and at the same time to maximize the value of the given territory. Hlubočepy has its characteristic genius loci, especially thanks to the backdrop of the Prokop Valley, which had to be preserved or even supported by the design.

The design itself is inspired primarily by the adjacent limestone rocks, which during the Silurian and Devonian period were created by sedimentation and layering of the seabed. It is the principle of sedimentation and layering over time that is the main idea of ​​this project from the urban structure to the individual elements in the interior. The new volume of the house is subject to the existing building and at the same time becomes its natural part, but it is not a conversion. It is a new layer in terms of visual, volume and period. Each space in the building has its own unique atmosphere, which is created by the tension between the interior and thanks to the partial preservation of the old building and the garden,
with an adjoining adjacent outdoor space.

Project description

The family house is partially built into the current building of the old barn. However, it does not serve for residential purposes, but only as a visual extension of the interior and also as a noise barrier. There are 3 entrances to the building. The main entrance is the gate, which is followed by a narrow street along the gable wall of the barn. This will allow access to the disposition center of gravity. The other 2 inputs are designed as sliding gates. East access to garage, west entrance to the barn, for a possible second parking space and access to the garden.
Just behind the main entrance is a vestibule accessible from the garage. The glass wall opens up a generous dining room and kitchen open over two floors. The dominant feature here is a large western window and then a large chandelier on the dining table. The living room is partially separated, but still remains in visual contact with the main space. The biggest benefit of the living room is the connection with the space of the old barn, which is thanks to the glass entrance door direct. There is also a load-bearing wall of an old barn that separates the living room from the dining area and refers to the past and character of the original building. The first floor also has a guest room, sanitary facilities and utility room. All of these rooms have access to the outdoor area.
There is a two-flight staircase leading to the second floor. It is illuminated by a large east window, allowing the access of the sunrise to the kitchen area. On the upper floor, the family house is divided into two operating units. Part of parents and part of children. The parental part is designed as a masterbedroom and contains a large bedroom, dressing room and spacious, spacious bathroom. The whole of this part offers a view of the adjacent Prokop valley. Part of the children is separated and contains two children's rooms oriented to the south side, each with its own terrace. Furthermore, in the children's part there is a cloakroom and bathroom with toilet. The imaginary center of the second floor is the gallery for visual connection with the lower floors and the garden. The entire second floor is surrounded by a vegetation roof with a view
from every room.

Technical information

The family house is designed as a two-storey building. Architectonic expression looks unobtrusive and curt. Is here
effort to adjust the scale to the surrounding buildings. It is
achieved by breaking the mass into more blended volumes.
This solution is also in line with the concept of
mentation and layering. Historical context of the site
is supported by the preservation of the volume of the old barn and
ti truss. The new building is in contrast to this barn
minimalistic shapes. It is designed with maximum-
with emphasis on internal layout and quality of housing.
From the construction point of view, the construction is solved by
ton bearing systems with contact thermal insulation
cladding because of the low energy consumption of the building.

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