This gabled-roof home might look like any other rural home at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll see that the structure is surprisingly cantilevered over a stone plinth. Czech architecture firm Prodesi designed the single-family home, called Jizerské Hory, set in the beautiful Jizera Mountains of the Czech Republic. The muted color palette and locally sourced materials help the home blend into the surrounding landscape.
Strategically set to face west, the three-story timber home overlooks beautiful panoramic views of the valley and region beyond. Vertical larch planks clad the exterior and are left to weather naturally over time. The architects selected coal gray-colored windows frames and shades to help the glazed openings recede into the facade; the metal roof is also painted coal gray. The selection of materials and colors—including the local stones that cover the outside of the plinth—are consistent with the traditional wooden homes in the area.
Since the home is on a slope, the bottom level containing the basement is set into the earth. The upper volume cantilevers atop a plinth to create a covered outdoor area on the basement level. The communal areas are located on the first floor, while the second floor houses the bedrooms and a children’s play area. Timber is used throughout the interior, from the large sliding walls made of spruce to the brushed oak floors. A fireplace located at the center of the home heats the upper two floors.
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