kuba & pilar architekti presents its family house in the river valley of the czech village of znojmo. the dwelling is sited along a plot sloping downward to the dyje river, and is surrounded by a fabric of mainly family houses and blocks of flats with one or two floors. among these typical residential dwellings, the design team introduces a dramatically sloping roof-line finished with a swath of vegetation, camouflaging the project into the forest beyond. its minimal width, large slope and north orientation determine the basic shape parameters of the building. the house is therefore designed on a narrow, rectangle ground plan. it respects the street line on the north side as well as the distance from neighboring buildings.

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kuba & pilar architekti organizes its family house in znojmo along three levels facing the waterfront side and one floor facing the slope side. the northern part of the house, which faces the waterfront, is sloped, forming a sloping roof, which follows the neighboring roofs’ shape. from the opposite, slope side, the roof is flat. the roof is entirely green, optically transitioning into a rising garden above the house. cut into the green roof are two asymmetrically placed windows allowing views from the children’s rooms and living space.

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the eastern wall of kuba & pilar architekti‘s house in znojmo is extended and recessed, resulting in the illumination of the bedroom and the corridor on the second floor is possible. the main living area is located on the top floor, and it is connected to the outdoor terrace and the garden on the southern side. the living space benefits from the absence of partition, which creates two advantages. one, the sunlight floods the room from the southern side, from the garden through the glass wall in the dining area. two, to the north, it offers impressive views of the valley. it is the beautiful views of the dyje river valley and the opposite rocky slopes with important historical monuments of znojmo that are the main strengths of this site. the entrance is situated on the waterfront street. an outdoor staircase takes the residents to the terraces and gardens above the house.

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project info:


project title: family house in the river valley

architecture: kuba & pilař architekti

design team: tomáš pilař, ladislav kuba, norbert walter

location: znojmo, czech republic

completion: 2019

client: norbert walter

photography: boysplaynice