A Unique House – A Unique Project
This project defines the contrast of “raw” materials and warm mood. During the projecting stage, we sought to strike a balance between design and function. In the end, we were able to create a space that would satisfy the entire family.The seemingly simple house hides a large assortment of unique solutions. Almost everything has been designed and tailored to fit the needs of the owners.
Our team’s creativity was put to the test not only when working together with the implementer on the conceptual design solution, but also when tackling complicated construction details and processes.
Let us take a closer look and introduce the individual solutions.
240 m2living space
240 m2living space
The architecture and overall look of the house is defined by a play of materials and shapes. We aimed to differentiate the rather sizeable mass into easily readable forms and pleasant scales by way of using various materials.
When viewing the house from the street, the façade instantly catches the eye. The embedded window of the study creates unusual slants and symbolizes a visionary workplace on the façade. The concrete rendering makes for a less striking element, one that might elude the common onlooker. The imitation of raw concrete bears many important thermoregulatory properties, in addition to a pleasant design. This type and design of a rendering made by STO is the first of its kind in Slovakia. The garage gate will also prove interesting, as it sits flush with the façade and seems more like Alucobond cladding rather than a garage entry. The frameless column fencing also makes for an inseparable part of the concept. It fulfils its primary function – protecting the owners’ privacy – while at the same time offering a glance at the beautiful front garden and the house itself. Portal windows take up a large part of the façade. Some of them are frameless; others sit flush with the façade, creating yet another unorthodox solution.
Garden and Pool
The exterior of the house is nicely accentuated by a tasteful garden, which largely continues the natural look of the local flora. It is separated into logical wholes. The street allows a look at its decorative part, which gives off strongly designed and idyllic vibes. On the other hand, the pool and terrace part provides a place for relaxing hidden away from prying eyes of the street. Here, we can find flowers and perennials along with a sizeable grassy section intended for children. A chill-out zone is also included, neatly isolating its user from whatever else might be going on in the garden. Behind the house, one can find a place designed for fruit trees, whereas the other side of the garden cleverly hides technical elements, such as the heat pump, thus preserving the immaculate image of the house.
A saltwater interior pool with a counter-current system provides the inhabitants with flawless comfort all year round and is accessible via sliding portal windows from the terrace, as well as the interior of the house.
The trio of materials comprising the looks of the façade make up its dominant element. The warm look of burnt brick is augmented with the aforementioned concrete rendering, which contrasts with its white counterpart. The contours and details, such as the window frames and fencing, are accentuated in anthracite. The terrace flooring is made out of high-quality Cumaru wood.
The interior represents a natural continuation of the spatial concept of the house. The dominant nature of raw materials from the exterior combined with the unusual space comprises the basic mood. We were able to achieve the effect the client desired by inserting warm materials and fine details into this space.
A host of active and passive systems makes sure that the inhabitants feel comfortable. The HVAC brings in fresh air through the vents in the walls, which is then further purified via ionization. Large-format portal windows light up the entire interior, in addition to letting in heat. This is compensated for in the summer months by the installed ceiling cooling. The airy and open minimalistic interior also carries certain challenges, for example a worse acoustic profile, which we solved by placing perforated acoustic panels onto the ceiling and walls in the kitchen and living room. These complement the colour and surface palette in an aesthetic way in form of a gentle texture. The backlit panelling is made out of genuine onyx and fills the interior of the living room with homely warmth.
The kitchen solution is highly unorthodox. At first, it might seem rather similar to any other designer kitchen. However, next to it, there are hidden rooms further augmenting its practicality. First, it is the room directly accessible from the kitchen, with a small worktop designed for some of the messier parts of kitchen labour. This area is connected to a cooled pantry and laundry room with an exit to the backside technical terrace.
The main kitchen feels very representative at first glance. The large number of practical solutions however makes it indeed fully functional. The slanted veneering of the cupboards comprising the kitchen island makes for a nice design detail. The owners like modern technology and that is why we hid a docking station for the robotic vacuum cleaner inside the skirting panel of the kitchen unit.
The colour palette in the interior bears a striking similarity to the exterior. Here, we may find brick panelling and fair-faced concrete. The warmer accents are brought in through the solid-wood furniture and wonderful oak flooring combined with anthracite interior elements and accessories
The south-western facing provides the house with sunlight all day. The heart of the house is the day area, which includes the living room, dining room and the kitchen. At the same time, it serves as a functional and optical connection between the antechamber, night area, the second floor and terrace. Due to practical reasons, the kitchen is connected via a hidden door with the pantry and laundry room.
Another part of the family house is the night area with its rooms shielded from the bustle coming from the street. The master area is equipped with its own closet and bathroom. The first floor houses the guest room and study. All the technical facilities of the house are facing the north-west, including the double garage with an electric car charging station