Buried in nature – Czech Republic

Built on sloped terrain, the lower part of the house is half-buried which makes the A-frame timber structure on top appear to grow out of the grassy meadow as you approach the building from the uphill road. The integration of the house and landscape will connect further with time as the concrete becomes overgrown with moss and becomes darker, while the timber roof will acquire a greyish-silver patina.
Nestled in the grassy foothills of the picturesque Beskydy Mountains in the Czech Republic, this weekend house by Czech practice Pavel Mícek Architects is a contemporary chalet if exceptional detail. The contrast between the concrete base and crowning timber structure is picked up by the interior configuration, the lower level being divided into several rooms housing bedrooms and service areas, while the upper level adopts an open-plan configuration providing ample space for living and dining.
Predominantly clad in larch wood, the interiors are imbued with warmth despite the minimalist interior design, which allows, courtesy of large windows, the surrounding landscape to take centre stage capturing a flowing brook, grassy meadows rolling uphill and the forested mountain peaks looming beyond.


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