Contemporary barn-like inspiration from the Czech hills

We might not have the snow that falls in the Czech Republic, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be nice to snuggle up in an architectural delight like this house in Krkonoše. Designed by Czech architectural firm Fránek Architects, the home corresponds in size exactly to an ancient exisiting building on the site, and blends in just as seamlessly as that barn of old, which was the only structure as far as the eye could see.

The home’s owners requested “a sophisticated approach towards space, which would be spiritually focused, unusual, and pure”, according to the architect, resulting in this dreamy form clad in larch glued laths, including the roof, with the funky window cutout a nod to modernity.

Situated on sloping terrain, the basement has its own entrance on the lowest floor, facing out to the pool. One level up and the concrete layer gives way to timber on the ground floor, where the entrance and driveway sit, and upper floor.

Four frames comprise the truss, into which the magnificent view is invited with the help of three pairs of convexly curved pillars for “better use of space, acoustic comfort, and lighting strategy”.

Whether the view from the bright living space, or the gorgeous spiral staircase is the unique selling point of this fabulous residence is down to individual tastes (I’m a sucker for a stunning staircase!). Regardless, there’s plenty of architectural excellence we can take away from it. Bring on the glass corner walls!

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