architekti BKPŠ, a bratislava-based firm led by martin kusý and pavol paňák, has completed a residential project in čachtice — a village in western slovakia. the building forms part of a larger site, which was a brickyard before it was converted into a family home in the 1990s. the project involved extruding the form of the existing house, including its portico, to create a contemporary extension that contains areas for studying, working, and relaxing.

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina (also main image)

 

 

architekti BKPŠ removed the previously existing ceiling to create one large space with the brick roof exposed. a new staircase leads to a mezzanine level, which in turn connects to the original house. the project, which was first featured on earch magazine, features lime plaster walls, as well as other untreated surfaces that lend it a raw and rustic appearance. interestingly, two thirds of the handmade bricks used for the ceiling were originally made on the site.

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

 

 

the space includes a desk that overlooks a lush garden through a large window, while the opposite wall features a long bench and a window nook for personal contemplation. square voids cut into this wall provide space for books. serving as a visual extension of the existing property, an external portico, which also provides a climatic buffer between inside and out, runs along the length of the building. other projects in slovakia include a masterplan for bratislava by zaha hadid architects and a house that combines two gabled volumes.

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

architekti BKPŠ extends family home in slovakia to feature exposed brick ceiling
image © tomáš manina

 

 

project info:

 

name: weekend house extension
location: čachtice, slovakia 
architect: architekti BKPŠ
photography: tomáš manina