sloped semi cantilever house by grido architektura
sloped semi cantilever house by grido architektura sloped semi cantilever house by grido architektura
jan 03, 2013
sloped semi cantilever house by grido architektura

‘sloped semi-cantilever house’ by grido architektura
south-facing façade 
image © juraj kovac



designed by czech practice grido architektura & design for a private client, the 5+1 room detached house is located in the residential
area of a small town close to prague. its narrow and sloping site shapes the building as the form gently follows the contours of the slope
in order to maximize the connection of interior with exterior.


the rooms of the home are lined up along the north edge of the site is like stringing beads on an imaginary axis of circulation passing
through all of the interior spaces. every space – every bead – represents a member of the family living in, their cohesion and individuality
at the same time, their freedom and the right for privacy. each room has its own volume, height, color, texture and scent and all that
provides a unique position in the hierarchy of family. the living and dining are central, with the highest ceilings tightly connected to the garden.
he other rooms are arranged alongside forming a shape bended at the ends. timber frame construction is covered by the metal cladding
protecting the north facade, as the south is open and articulated, offering an active zone. the building skin is rough and protective
from the outside but smooth and warm inside.





by collecting the sunlight through the large southern-facing windows the wintertime passive heating is maximized. 
in order to minimize undesirable solar gain, the fabric excludes east and west-facing windows. the roof overhangs 
are sized to allow winter sun in and keep summer sun out. forced air ventilation with heat recovery is combined with 
the low temperature heating system. the house represents an accomplished dream of a larger family – living in an open
sunny house with panoramic views on the surrounding mountains.



play area and garage entrance
image © tomas maly



living room
image © tomas maly



backside of the house
image © tomas maly



timber frame construction
image © juraj kovac



timbre frame construction
image © juraj kovac


floor plan – lower ground floor


floor plan – ground floor


floor plan – first floor


longitudinal section



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