Family House With Atrium / SENAA architekti
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Text description provided by the architects. The investors bought a relatively small sloping plot overlooking the hills of Palava. The architects’ mission was quite simple: “A family home if you are able to install anything on this land. The house is part of a newly built street on the edge of a small Moravian village. The new development disregards the traditional row design of local villages. The houses here are not adjoining, without any unifying feature; they do not mutually respect the ridge or the slope of the roof. The challenge was to design the contemporary habitat of a village district composed mainly of “catalogue” houses. The design of the architecture reflects the morphology of the land.
A semi-recessed atrium allows a comfortable exit from the ground floor and the attic to the garden. The overall solution maximizes the land’s potential for a home and garden and its connectivity. The garden is a thoughtful extension of the interior space – with its own living space, outdoor kitchen/dining area. The unification of indoor and outdoor units provides comfortable living with sufficient technical and storage space.
The general composition of the house is symmetrical. The main entrance to the house is centrally located. From a vestibule we enter a spacious hall. The dignity of the space is amplified with a view of the interior atrium. There is a private part of the house on the ground floor – children’s/guest bedroom facing the street, a bedroom facing an atrium and other parts – bathroom, changing room, sauna, dining room. mechanical. The centerpiece of the house is a sculptural staircase leading from the hall to the upper living space.
The upper floor presents an open space up to the roof ridge. The boxed space incorporates an office, library, restroom, pantry, and fireplace. It also describes the living room, dining room and kitchen. There is a direct exit from the dining room and the living room to the terrace and the garden. The house is completed by a garden house designed as a wooden pavilion with an outdoor kitchen and a storage room for garden equipment. The basement contains a wine cellar.
The garden, by its size, becomes an extension of the interior space. The small garden maximizes the available space. It includes a swimming pool with shower, a relaxation area, beds of medicinal plants, compost, etc. The house is built of bricks, without a basement; the construction is based on concrete strips. The load-bearing walls are sealed with 500 mm thick ceramic blocks.
The ceilings are made of monolithic reinforced concrete. The roof is a combined system of wooden rafters placed between binders made of steel frames. The upper roof is made of bent sheets. The flat roof is designed with ample green space. The house is plastered; the ground floor is tinted dark gray with a coarse structure and distinctive texture. The upper floor is in natural plaster of a lighter color. A carport, workshop and garden shed are made from wooden frames. A filling is made from planks and wooden slats; part of the roof is glass for lighting. Windows overlooking the garden are shaded by outdoor textile screens and parasols.