- Weekend House by Pavel Míček Architects in the Beskydy Mountains
The house designed by Pavel Míček Architects is completely isolated, it has no buildings in the near vicinity, at the most a few homesteads scattered across this farming land. The site is a wild mountain field that slopes down towards a shady, wooded gully with a brook running at the bottom, and borders the access road at the top.
Being located inside a protected natural area means there are quite strict building restrictions, which forced the architects to think carefully about their choices. Still, they didn’t let this stop them from adopting a creative, innovative approach to the house.
The first ideas of Pavel Míček Architects weren’t tied to the space or the building to construct. Rather, they concentrated on the material, informed by a connection with the natural context, to harmoniously embed a foreign body into this meadow. Their choice fell to concrete and larch wood and on finding a cost-effective way to make the most of these materials, which contrast so greatly with each other: heavy and light, cold and warm.
So they developed an architectural narrative that moves between this heaviness and lightness. The heavy concrete is used for the ground floor, which is partly sunken into the uneven terrain making it a kind of welcoming cave. The bedrooms and bathrooms are located here.
Treating it almost as if it were natural rock, the architects then built the upper part on top of this foundation: it looks like two light larch boards leaning against each other like a house of cards, in turn giving the whole house lightness.
These two materials - concrete and larch wood - flow with the landscape of the Beskydy Mountains: moss will grow over the grey concrete, the larch wood will weather with a greyish-silver patina, and the access path made from sandstone stones will be barely visible in the meadow grass. This cottage with its streamlined features blends elegantly into the environment, promising a relaxing stay in nature.
Project: Pavel Míček Architects
Location: Beskydy Mountains, Czech Republic