This charming single family residence in the Czech Republic was carefully designed to respect its site and make the most of available solar exposure. Oriented to the east and the west, the home soaks up daylight while utilizing shade devices and recessed windows to prevent overheating in the summer. Designed by Prague-based Mimosa Architekti, the House in Bohumileč uses natural materials and a simple framework to help it fit into its rural setting.
Located in the small village of Bohumileč in the Pardubice region, this two story home was built for a family of four. Inspiration for the home came from a rustic house with a saddle roof, and the building’s volume and materials fit within the context of its natural setting. Seeking to be unobtrusive, the home takes on the motto of rural simplicity. The exterior is clad in simple wooden slats, while the interior features lots of glass, pale wood floors, white walls, and wooden accents.
An east-west orientation lines the home up to take advantage of an open southern aspect. A large flat awning to the south shades the deck and the living room from overheating in the summer, while the remaining windows are either recessed or built out in order to block direct sunlight and glare. Deciduous trees on the east, south, and west protect the home even more during the summer by providing shade, but in the winter they are leaf-less and let the sun shine through.
Inside, the living spaces are located on the southern side to take advantage of more daylight, while the kitchen, staircase, and service areas sit on the north side where daylight is not needed. Decks off each side of the house expand the living space to the outdoors to take in the sights of the neighborhood and the adjacent pond.
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