nestled among the rolling landscape of czech republic’s beskydy mountains, a contemporary timber weekend house by pavel míček architects recalls traditional cabin geometries. the natural context in the southern part of the moravian-silesian beskydy is nearly absent of any buildings, with the exception of just few scattered homesteads. bordering a road which meanders down the sloping topography, the plot is formed by a wild mountain meadow leading downward to a shadowy forested gully with a scenic brook.

pavel míček beskydy
all images by boysplaynice



in the design of the weekend house in beskydy, the team at pavel míček architects expresses influence from the primordial mountain atmosphere. the project is developed within the rigid buildings regulations of the the beskydy protected landscape area administration, restricting the boundless creativity of the team and calling for a new, innovative approach. while the design of the house is driven first by its materiality, the team makes use of concrete and larch wood to best express the mountainous context.

pavel míček beskydy



with a material palette of concrete and larch wood, the beskydy house by pavel míček architects expresses a dichotomy of heavy and lightweight elements. a thick, hollow volume of concrete is partially burrowed into the earth, generating an almost cave-like atmosphere. this base houses bedroom cabins and service spaces finished in a luminous larch wood. above, two lightweight timber elements form a free-flowing A-frame with open views into mountain scenery. eventually the concrete will become overgrown with moss while the larch wood will gain a greyish-silver patina, and the access path from sandstone stones will be hidden in the meadow grass.

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project info:


project title: weekend house in beskydy

architecture: pavel míček architects

location: beskydy mountains, czech republic

lead designer: pavel míček

structural engineering: vladimír uchytil

mechanical engineering: oto nový

building physics: milan farář

electrical engineering: jaroslav tesař

completion: 2019

photography: boysplaynice