skutek architecture: melnik family house
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sep 08, 2012
skutek architecture: melnik family house

‘family residence in melnik’ by skutek architecture, melnik, czech republic
all images courtesy of skutek architecture

czech firm skutek architecture has just completed the ‘family residence in melnik.’ the modest smooth concrete exterior is punctuated
by a simple recessed window on each facade that frames a specific view to each of the surrounding landscapes, such as the vineyard,
city or the field of crops. the specific size of each glazing component is directly related to the importance of the panorama and the
amount of light desired, while their embedded characteristics naturally block out direct sunlight. the resulting deep sills create an
opportunity for extra internal storage. wood elements add warmth and contrast to the interior and in moments exposes itself to the outside,
creating a dialogue with the outer structure. public spaces are kept to the ground floor and roof terrace, while bedrooms are located
on the first level. the simple rectangular form and size of the windows plays with human scale, making it look almost as a large
one-bedroom cube. an efficient pellet boiler, along with thermal mass, deep windows and natural ventilation make the residence
a sustainable dwelling.

back door

view form the neighboring vineyard

view from fields

large window opening views to the city

view towards the vineyards

(left) view form vineyard
(right) interior

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / roof terrace


construction diagram of large window

interior render

concept sketches

project info:

construction: 2010/11 – 2012/07
project: 2010/09
design: 2009/03

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