mjölk architects completes its 'house behind a wall' in the czech mountains
 

mjölk architects completes its 'house behind a wall' in the czech mountains

mjölk architects presents its ‘house behind a wall’ — a project comprising the restoration and revitalization of a derelict, gable-roofed heritage building overlooking the mountainous landscape surrounding the czech city of liberec. as the stone basement was still intact, the team moved to demolish the rest of the house and use this remaining underlying structure as the foundation for the new project, characterized by its distinctly brutal concrete facade. the team at mjölk comments: ‘our courageous and somewhat risky plan worked out and today, the clients live in a beautiful, modern house which combines the historical soul of its predecessor and nordic esthetics with a touch of industrial style.

mjolk house behind wall
all images by boysplaynice

 

 

‘house behind a wall’ is situated on a lot which borders a road used by tourists venturing to the jizera mountains. in response to the heavy traffic along this road, mjölk architects built the house behind a street-facing concrete wall, designed in place of the original facade. this gesture serves an acoustic function, decreasing noise from the road, as well as an aesthetic function, introducing a defining, monumental entrance to the project. behind the wall is a small yard with a view of ještěd, the highest mountain in the country. the yard serves to mediate between the entrance, the guest house and the stairs leading downward to the yard below.

mjolk house behind wall

 

 

the renovated structure, built above the original stone foundation, is built of timber, with a black, tar-painted facade. the house behind the concrete wall actually comprises two houses: a family house and a small guest house for a young sailor — the clients’ son — who spends most of the year at the helm of transatlantic ships. the living space of the main house is defined by large windows on both sides. the window on the southwest facade offers views over the valley of ještěd mountain while the north window shows the yard and sauna.

mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall mjolk house behind wall

 

 

project info:

 

project title: house behind a wall

architecture: mjölk architects

project location: liberec, czech republic

client: michaela turková, stanislav turek

completion year: 2018

project size: 271.5 square meters

site size: 1147 square meters

photography: jakub skokan, martin tůma | boysplaynice

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    490,312 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample