House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

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House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

Project: House Inside a Ruin
Architects: ORA Studio
Author: Jan Hora, Barbora Hora, Jan Veisser
Collaborator: Tomáš Pospíšil
Landscape architect: Štěpánka Černá
Location: Jevíčko, Zadní Arnoštov, Czech Republic
Completion year 2018-2020
Built-up area 249,7 m2
Accommodation: Sýpka Arnoštov
Photo credits: BoysPlayNice
Text and photos provided by ORA

We were approached to reconstruct a fascinating building. We found a house that suffered significant damage, a former homestead rebuilt under the communist regime into a granary. The house was looted and reorganised for another purpose. During the first site visit, we analysed its joints, niches and protrusions, discovering the original forms.

House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

Despite its previous inconsiderate rebuilding, the house has not lost any of its grandeur. On the contrary, the way it is situated, the way it rises to the sky and the way its raw matter resists time, have proven to be of the highest quality. It was a ruin to the bone. All that was left of the original house was a brick envelope with a roof. Together with the building owners, we asked ourselves whether the house had a place to return to. Any attempt at a traditional repair would mean losing the original character of the ruin. Relatively soon, therefore, we rejected a speculative reconstruction of the original state, as well as any other imitations. We proposed to fix the current state of the romantic ruins and enter the house anew.
House to house, house inside a ruin.

House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

We proposed to tear down the inner parts of the building and return its original layout with two floors instead of three, as well as the original scale.
Related to this is a return to the original division of the facade. Without sentiment and depending on the needs of the layout, we opened other large openings where needed.

House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

We have built a new, insulated house into the existing staged ruin, a one that can meet all current energy standards. We reused the structurally sound wooden beams as elements of ceilings and truss replacements. Most of the material remained in place, just rearranged.

House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

The house combines low and high. We have inserted a new current layer, differing in its purpose from all the previous ones. A ventilated gap is maintained between the new and the original structure, and the structures do not touch. The new structure is sometimes slightly shifted from the old one. The windows do not fit precisely the openings in the old wall, and it some places, the old wall is also present in the interior. There is a visual intertwining of the two worlds. The new building penetrates through openings in the old wall, and on the contrary, the old wall enters through new windows.

dining space by ORA Studio

The project is our manifesto of how it is possible to treat old houses. It is not necessary to lose the authenticity of old age. It is not necessary to demolish, neither to reconstruct dogmatically. At the same time, even in such a case, it is possible to build economically using modern materials and achieve the required parameters.

kitchen by ORA Studio

Just as the house has respected its history since its inception, the garden has been designed to become a natural part of the landscape. There are no physical boundaries. The boundary is indicated only by fragments of low walls and a corten gate, and the garden is connected to its surroundings. The orchards, meadow lawns and hawthorns are only “borrowed” from the immediate vicinity. The garden becomes the binding element between the house, its views and surrounding landscape.

interiors by ORA Studio

Guests of the house meet in a generous double-height living space with a tiled stove and a kitchen. It also offers the conveniences of modern living. Stairs in a generous hall lead guests to individual rooms with bathrooms. There, they can enjoy the tranquillity of the space and look out into the open landscape through the massive old walls that frame the views; or surrender to the silence that reigns here. The round table in the hall communicates with a massive oak table outside, where you can move when the weather allows and be even closer to the surrounding landscape.

Materials ” House Inside a Ruin “: Ash wood, cement tiles, spruce boards, glass mosaic, brick, ceramic insulated blocks
Products and Brands:
Building blocks – Heluz Family 2in1 30
Switches and sockets – Berker R1
Floor tiles – Marrakesh Cement Tiles Hexa Jasmin
Mosaic – Hisbalit UniColor
Washbasins – Laufen Pro B
Bathtub – Gelco Rita
Water taps – Grohe Essence
Chairs – TON 14

bedroom by ORA Studio

bathroom by ORA Studio

House Inside a Ruin by ORA Studio

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