Extension of a former brickmaster’s house, Slovakia by Architekti B.K.P.Š.

The temperature of the craft of brickmaking

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The extension is part of a set of buildings on the site of a former village brickyard. It is added to the existing house of a former brickmaster – this house was restored in the mid-nineteens. The brick kiln, which was in a ruinous state, was rebuilt into a studio 10 years ago. After the WWII, when the production of bricks was closed, an orchard was set up on the site.

▼项目外观,exterior view ©(up) Tomáš Manina, (down)Pavol Paňák


▼建筑立面,带有倾斜的屋顶,elevation, house with pitched roof ©Tomáš Manina

The original brickmaster´s house was a typical portico country style with pitched roof. Portico house was actually a wise scheme – as vernacular houses used to be. Portico attached to the longitudinal main volume was a distinctive and practical feature on interface of exterior and interior of the house. Apart from natural protection of this frequented zone it regulates different effects of summer and winter sunshine energy on the mass of the masonry.

▼门廊,portico ©Tomáš Manina


▼场地平面,master plan ©Architekti B.K.P.Š.

Extension is actually a prolongation of the silhouette of the existing house inclusive its portico. It subordinates to the existing cross-figure, but inside it is a radically different space concept. It is an open space scheme without the usual ceiling separating living area from the attic. The new living room of modest floor area is equipped with generous space experience.

▼宽敞的起居空间,living room with generous space experience ©Tomáš Manina


Massive roof truss structure improves substantially the accumulation characteristics of this building. It does radically reduce the thermal fluctuation in the interior, which is a classical difficulty of the usually constructed roof trusses. Closable glased portico serves as a buffer clima zone for most of the year. This extension is a particular homage to the culture of a craft of brickmaking.

▼建筑屋顶的大型桁架结构,massive roof truss structure ©Tomáš Manina


The roof truss could be interpreted as a scheme of typical rafter construction or as a structural scheme of two mutually supportive sloping slabs. All the bricks used in the roof truss are marked after their origin. More than 2/3 had been manufactured by this former brickyard, the rest originates from the vanished brick kilns of the nearby region. Decorative mosaic like appearance of this roof truss is derived from different shades and ragged surfaces, which are typical for handmade bricks production. Empora gallery is inserted in the dividing line of the existing house and its new extension – it serves as a connection to the existing attic.

▼ 砖块上均有产地标记,构成粗糙的肌理,bricks are marked after their origin creating ragged surfaces ©Tomáš Manina

▼屋顶细部,detail of the roof ©Pavol Paňák


The walls made of brick blocks are outside and inside plastered with classic lime plaster without top coating. Other materials of this extension are also left without further surface treatment – concrete of the floor and of empora, precast concrete blocks of the portico columns and of the chimney, steel beams and profiles etc. In certain sense it is a finished-unfinished building.

▼ 砖墙上涂有石灰石膏,但没有表面涂层,留有“未完工”的质感, brick walls are plastered with classic lime plaster without top coating, leaving unfinished texture ©Tomáš Manina

▼ 夜晚的住宅,house at night ©Tomáš Manina

▼ 屋外的烟囱采用预制混凝土块,precast concrete blocks of the chimney ©Tomáš Manina

▼建筑平面,plan ©Architekti B.K.P.Š.

▼建筑立面,elevation ©Architekti B.K.P.Š.

▼建筑剖面,section ©Architekti B.K.P.Š.

▼建造细节,construct detail ©Architekti B.K.P.Š.

General Information
Project Name: Extension of an old family house
Architecture Firm: Architekti B.K.P.Š. author Pavol Paňák
Website: www.bkps.sk
Contact e-mail: architekti@bkps.sk pavol.panak@bkps.sk
Firm Location: Architekti B.K.P.Š., Nobelova 34 – Vodná veža, Bratislava, Slovakia
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 54 m2
Project location: Čachtice, Slovakia
Lead Architects: Pavol Paňák, Martin Kusý st.
Lead Architects e-mail: pavol.panak@bkps.sk martin.kusy.st@bkps.skMedia Provider
Photo credits: Tomáš Manina
Photographer’s website: www.tomasmanina.com
Photographer’s e-mail: tomas.manina@gmail.com
Additional Credits
Design Team: Pavol Paňák, Július Vass, Beáta Paňáková
Clients: Pavol Paňák

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