This project was originally a farmhouse built in the second half of the nineteenth century in Předlice, in the suburbs of Ústí nad Labem. Under the communist regime it was occupied by an agricultural cooperative, which used the estate strictly pragmatically — only what was immediately needed was taken care of, the rest of the property was neglected. Since the 90s, the place was deserted and rapidly fell apart. Despite devastation of the area, there was still a strong sense of the original conception and smart design left.
Massive structures along the perimeter of the property define the scale and space of the large yard area. Two of these structures — a 164 foot long stable on the western edge of the property, and a 200 foot long barn on the south edge — form the basis of our proposal.
It was important for us to understand and follow the thinking and experience of the original builders. The torso of the barn on the southern edge of the area had its charm and potential, which inspired us to place a new house there. In addition, the stone perimeter wall with its size and proportion worked surprisingly well for the purposes of the new house. Upon the discovery that the original walls and openings (both proportionally accurate and beautiful) fit perfectly well with the modulation of the wooden house, the new building began to emerge.
We also broke the original stone perimeter, and thus symbolically linked the large yard of the new house with land in the south
Long side stone walls were used as a natural support, due to difficult terrain, and were simultaneously a stable and solid facade for the new building. The original entrances to the barn fit well into the ground floor layout as the main entrance and large windows.
The saw-like roof was formed by skylights. Their size and orientation followed the tight layout of the second floor. East facing skylights illuminate individual classrooms, and west facing windows illuminate the communication space and a large meeting room.
The roof outline and shape references the industrial atmosphere of the urban periphery, as this type of roof is used in the neighborhood. It also brings exceptional light quality to the entire upper floor of the house.