Project: Reconstruction of a Three-Storey Villa
Studio: No Architects
Author: Jakub Filip Novák and Daniela Baráčková
Co-author: Barbora Jelínek, Martin Hlusička, Eva Maštálková,
Project location: Prague, Czech Republic
Completion year: 2019
Built-up Area: 130 m2
Photo Credits: Studio Flusser
Text by No Architects
Living in an own historic but individually reconstructed house with a garden just several steps away from an underground station is a dream that can come true for really few families with small children. However, if three such families united their efforts to buy a three-storey villa that needed reconstruction, we were sure it would be a very interesting experiment. And that we have to find a rational way not only to the implementation and to the operation of such housing type, no utopia.
We designed completely separated apartment for each of the families on each floor. We excavated and deepened the cellar in order to place shared premises of the house including a laundry, cellars and technical background area plus a shared club room.
We conceived the house from the 1930s as it was intended – first among equals – a structure dominating the houses in the block. We added new window openings to enhance the gable symmetry and reinstate its tectonic poetry lost due to the installation of thermal insulation cladding. The garden concept completes the overall design of this urban housing. We demolished the garage and built three capacity bike parking structures and a common gardening tools shed instead of it.
Individual apartments were designed respecting the spirit of the house that was translated to the distinctive living style language of individual families.
ceramic pavement, furniture – lacquered MDF, oak / 1st floor
oak floor, furniture – lacquered MDF, oak / 2nd floor
cement pavement, furniture – lacquered MDF, ash / 3th floor
ceramic pavement, terrazzo – stairs, common areas
granite cubes – garden
Products and Brands
light Carmina / 1st floor — UMAGE\www.umage.com
pavement Duomo, Beige Natural / 1st floor — Castacrete\www.castacrete.co.uk
switch Merten M-Smart — Schneider Electric\www.se.com
light Glass Honey Pendant Lamp / 2nd floor — gie el.\www.gie-el.pl
sofa Fusion / 2nd floor — Karup Design\www.karupdesign.com
cement pavement / 3rd floor — Vinci projekt\www.cementova-dlazba.cz
door handles Kvadra / 3rd floor — M&T\www.kliky-mt.cz
chair Albert Kuip / 3rd floor — Zuiver\www.zuiver.com