Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

Project: Weekend House Nové Hamry
Studio: NEW HOW architects
Author: David Zámečník, architect + design engineer
Project location: Nové Hamry, the Ore Mountains (Karlovy Vary Region), Czech Republic
Completion year: 2021
Built-up Area: 81 m2
Gross Floor Area: 190 m2
Usable Floor Area: 140 m2
Photographer: Petr Polák, petrpolak.photo
Text by NEW HOW architects
– Realization of load-bearing wooden structure: 3AE
– Tinsmith work on the roof and facades: Tomáš Padevět – Poklem

The Weekend House Nové Hamry is only a few meters from the edge of the forest, from where it grows up towards the tops of spruces. Nestled among the trees, almost hidden compared to other white plaster houses next door, it almost looks as if it has been swallowed up by forests…

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

The design is based on the local nature and color, in which you can find all shades of gray. You can see gray in the shades of trees, in granite and basalt rocks, and even in the dark green needles and trunks of the local spruces, which are so typical of the forests of the Ore Mountains. From the beginning, it was clear that the facade and roof of the holiday home should be covered with aluminum in a similar dark color. The façade structure was used to create an intense rough surface that vaguely resembles oiled black wood and slow-growing spruce trunks. However, its color and surface are not the only striking aspects of this house.

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

From a formal point of view, the new building is represented by an aerodynamic but angular figure, where classic elements, such as the roof and the wall, give way to a clear shape and merge with each other. The appearance was created through many precisely set spatial scenes of the interior and on the basis of seasonally changing local climatic conditions, as the snow load in winter requires the choice of a steep roof angle. The idea of a “lookout tower” also determines the height of the house from the inside. It should resemble a tower rather than a house and should also serve as a hideaway. Instead of the usual two floors, three levels of action were created – each with its own character. At the highest level, the house serves as a studio, library and also as a refuge. At this point, it is possible to let thoughts fly… A square window with a side of 2.5 m long frames the view of the treetops, the sky and the landscape. One floor lower, in addition to the bathroom and the open gallery space, we can also find sleeping corners here. The floor is partly formed by a net that establishes a connection with the lowest level both visually and acoustically and functions as a rest area. It’s a place where you can unleash your imagination. Sitting in a net and not having solid ground underfoot has something to do with the dream of flying, as well as looking up at the sky. The lowest level of the house is dominated by the main social area with a kitchen and a central fireplace – a place of meeting and lively conversation. The technical background is located in a partially sunken basement.

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

In the near future, the house will be inhabited throughout the year. For this reason, the house already has places to sleep for at least ten people. In addition, the energy concept of the house should be expanded in the future as well. It is currently heated by an open fireplace and electricity. In addition, the house is already equipped with connection points for the rooftop photovoltaic system and for vertical wind turbines that help realize the idea of energy self-sufficient life.

fireplace, NEW HOW Architects

substructure (basement + foundation slab) / supplier: PROVAST
load-bearing wooden structure of the house – CLT panels NOVATOP / supplier: 3AE, www.3ae.cz
sheet metal roofing and facades – Al folded sheet PREFA Prefalz anthracite, cz.prefa.com / supplier: Tomáš Padevět, poklem.cz
floors on the ground floor – marmoleum FORBO, www.forbo.com / supplier: REALSTEP
interior and exterior cladding with wood and OSB / Milan Panoch
Products and Brands
kitchens, beds and shelving systems — IKEA (with carpentry adjustments)\www.ikea.cz
carpentry and stairs — Petr Višňovský\www.nabytek.visnovsky.cz
upholstery — Comfortella\www.comfortella.cz
bathrooms and tiles — SIKO BATHROOMS\www.siko.cz
locksmith products — ALIA SYSTEM\www.aliasystem.cz

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

kitchen, NEW HOW Architects

dining area, NEW HOW Architects

spiral stairs, NEW HOW Architects

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

Weekend House Nové Hamry by NEW HOW Architects

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