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Weekend escape

SENAA architekti designed a house that is ideal for a quiet weekend in the unique and characteristic setting of a wine cellar lane. The house had limited space for construction equipment, which led the new building to respect the footprint and shape of the old house. The spaces are conceptually divided into different layouts and structural parts. The bedroom, bathroom and toilet occupy the brick part, originally a living area. The glazed living room is located on the site of the old goat stables and is structurally a steel structure. The superstructure is made of wood and houses a sauna with a relaxation area.

The house makes full use of the steeply sloping terrain. On the 230 m2 area there is also a bicycle shed and above the roof terrace, a swimming pool tucked into the slope with a panoramic view of the surroundings. The estate has a traditional morphology but combines modern details with historical technology. For example, a hand-carved loft ceiling has been embedded in a steel structure, which continues into large-scale frameless windows. The interior plaster is coloured and polished without any additional surface treatment.

Another distinctive softening element is the rounded corners of the window cladding and lintels. a traditional Japanese folk technique of charred wood shou-sugi-ban has also been applied and the entire superstructure of the sauna house on the roof terrace is treated in this way. The mixture of the variety of details and the overall layout creates an experience that shows the possibility of implementing modern architecture in a historical context such as the wine cellar lane.

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Project: Weekend House in Bukovany
Architect: SENAA architekti
Year: 2021
Photo: Alex Shoots Buildings