We have all dreamed at one time or another of building a simple home in a wild countryside and living in tune with nature, but Labor 13 Architecture has made that dream a reality for a family in the Czech Republic. The Conceptual Object in Vernerice is an experimental home constructed entirely out of recycled materials. In addition to having a small footprint in the middle of nowhere, it remains completely open to the surrounding landscape.
The brief for the Conceptual Object in Vernerice called for an inexpensive and energy-efficient house with a small environmental footprint. It was built on the site of an existing barn, which was recycled and used in part to construct this new building, and is sheltered by a series of semi-dilapidated stone walls. Five gates on the southern side of the home open completely, erasing the boundary between indoors and outdoors.
The interior furnishings are very simple (check out the indoor hammock!) and eventually the home will be powered with solar energy. For now the homeowners are enjoying a private vegetable garden that overlooks the bucolic countryside, and take their freshwwater from a newly-dug well. They also treat their own waste in an on-site sewage system.