author: henkai architekti, Michal Nejezchleb, Daniel Baroš, Lucie Bartoňová (www.henkai.cz) project year: 2012 completion year: 2016-2020 project location: Prostřední Bečva usable floor area: 110,5 m2 built up area: 148,0 m2 foto: BoysPlayNice, Martin Tůma (www.boysplaynice.com)
The cottage is located on a gentle north slope in the place of the former settlement of small mountain farmers in the Beskydy Protected Landscape Area. The middle part of the plot is submerged in the green vegetation of a fruit orchard. The place commands a breathtaking view towards the north ridge of Radhošť. The instructions were: an inexpensive house built in the context of Wallachia. For us this primarily means a timber construction, single-storey horizontal composition, simple structure, the efficient layout of rooms and low running costs, as well as spiritual dimensions characterized by the effort to interconnect the cottage both with the nearby south orchard and with distant horizons and the surrounding countryside. To contribute to the humble simplicity of Wallachia by moderation in expression. The timber frame structure on stumps with the larch façade with natural finish (oil) and the green roof is located in the least visible and exposed place in the lower part of the grounds. The cottage is nestled at the foot of the slope against the full-grown orchard. We tried to preserve the existing green vegetation and minimize landscaping. The single-storey cottage consists of two parts: the main, higher one is living space, the lower one auxiliary rooms. The living room with the kitchen is oriented towards three cardinal points – the sunny south orchard, the west access road and the north panorama of Beskydy. In bedrooms, the main window faces the south terrace and the garden, however, the small window on the gallery affords the view of mountains. The auxiliary rooms and the study are north-oriented and form a specific Wallachian type of porch called “podsíněk”. The porch’s roof overhang also covers the entrance, the parking space and the wood for the winter stacked around the walls (very typical for Wallachia).