Project: Roprachtice House
Location: Roprachtice, Czech Republic
Area: 1,485 sf
Photographs by: Jindrich Jelinek
Roprachtice House by PRODESI
The Roprachtice House is a beautiful modern residence placed on a slightly sloping plot in the Czech village of Roprachtice. It has been designed by the Czech practice PRODESI to face the village while making the most out of the stunning greenery around the building. It has direct access to a road that connects it to the village but it is distant enough to ensure privacy and peaceful living.
The land for construction of a house in the Jizera Mountains slightly slopes towards the east. On the plot there are two mature lime trees and the land to the west overlooks a meadow. The eastern boundary of the land forms an access road at which the remote vistas of mountains ridge open. To the south of the building there is a central part of the village with baroque rectory, church and former school.
The house faces to the central area of the village and offers an outlook between the church and the school. To allow for an expansive view of the Giant Mountains, the upper floor hosts the largest window in the home. The house is located behind the lime trees, with the edge of the roof running parallel to the contours of the topography, similar to many buildings in the vicinity.
The formal composition of the house is based on the scales and roof shapes of local styling. Clear and comprehensible shapes are created by the gabled roof, reinforced by a unified wooden cover and highlighted by walls constructed of upright planks. A dormer penetrates the main mass of the house, bringing the attic closer to the tops of the lime trees, allowing better views of the Giant Mountains.
The ground floor, whose main entrance faces east, is divided into living areas oriented towards the village and to the southeast. Facilities and bedrooms are also given a view to the east. The upper floor is currently designed as open space, without completion of its dispositions. Later there will be a second bathroom, workroom and bedrooms.