But the experimentation that was almost inevitable under the circumstances, both because of the opportunity offered by the project and the spirit of the architects of BKP&Scaron, focused primarily on the double-gable roof. Despite its heavy base walls, the expansion is topped by a new roof, also steeply sloping, with three trusses made of IPE 120 and two steel tie rods, with a shuttle-type adjustment device in the middle. There is one upright between the main trusses for every two bricks, and all the bricks are marked with the logo of the brickworks of origin. They are laid gabled style, generating a slight thrust between the two beams supporting them at the sides in order to obtain a modest but highly efficient effect of static compression, exploiting the properties of the bricks to obtain this effect.
All this is then covered with an insulating sandwich layer and with secondary and tertiary wooden beams rendering it solid yet elegant. Even after the expansion project, the outside of this old working-class home still looks as if it had been built in the last century.
Project Name: Extension of an old family house
Architecture Firm: Architekti B.K.P.&Scaron. author Pavol Paňák
Firm Location: Architekti B.K.P.&Scaron., Nobelova 34 – Vodná veža, Bratislava, Slovakia
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 54 m2
Project location: Čachtice, Slovakia
Lead Architects: Pavol Paňák, Martin Kusý st.
Photos: Tomáš Manina, Pavol Paňák.