House by the Forest By kaa-studio

A beautiful “little house-like” form.

Project Specs


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现状 Circumstances

设计师对位于Lany郊区的度假屋进行复古风格改造。这栋住宅位于村庄外缘, 街道的一侧为一排乡村住宅, 另一侧是森林边界。 附近的住宅经过层层扩建改造已丧失了原有样貌,而这栋以维持原貌的住宅改造,令其在周围住宅群落中显得格外突出。

The task was to design an overall reconstruction of the suburban house in a retro style in Lány for weekend living.The house is located at the outskirts of the village. The street consists of a row of family houses and the edge of the forest. The surrounding development is characterized by layering of various annexes and extensions to original houses. The designed house was preserved in almost original form and from this point of view it was exceptional.

▼简单的建筑外貌,the simple house


It is a simple house with a saddle roof, raised ground floor and semi-basement. The residential floor was organized so that the house was almost closed towards the garden, turned back. In front of the main entrance there was a plain vestibule; the entrance to the residential floor was overcomplicated. In the attic there was a typical loft and a small room. The house had small windows and gloomy rooms.

▼建筑马鞍状的屋顶,a saddle roof


设计 Design


In the context of wildcat reconstructions of the surrounding development we wanted to draw attention to a beautiful “little house-like” form of the object. We worked with the original mass only on the level of remodelling the interior layout and window openings. The residential attic was used in the existing volume; we only brightened the roof. The only new annex is a new wooden patio/summer entrance, attached to the garden facade.

▼花园连廊为建筑的唯一附加结构,the additional garden entrance


The original vestibule was demolished. The house entrance was vigorously reorganized. Only the central supporting wall and the staircase were left on the ground floor; this allowed a more contemporary layout of the living space and connection to the main garden. The attic has been designed as an open space for now.

▼重新规划的入口门厅,the reorganized entrance

▼餐厅及厨房,dinging room and kitchen


New openings appeared into the facades due to the change in the layout; the original ones were revised and locally adjusted. In the southern facade, a strip of window was made across the entire width of the object for more light and contact with the forest. The attic was brightened to the north by a strip of large roof windows, opening the space to the garden and views of the Lány horizon.In the reconstruction we used materials and craftsmanship corresponding to the context of the original house, i.e. the classical building materials – brick, plaster, stone, wood, ceramics and copper. In interior design we wanted ordinariness, rural simplicity and functionality. In addition to chairs, we also designed almost all wooden furniture.

▼南立面的横向开窗为室内提供观景体验,a window was made across the entire width of the object for the contact with the forest





▼改善的阁楼开窗,the improved openings on the attic

▼全木质室内家具,the wood furniture


The neighbourhood of the forest and two old spruces in the front garden are significant for the place where the house stands. We wanted the house to have the colour of the forest, so the facades are dark, grey-brown. The difference in height between the entrances to the main residential floor and the garden level is designed using field banks/green hills, reinforced with rough stone.

▼映射森林色彩的建筑立面,the surface reflects to the forest



Basic description: reconstruction of the suburban house with remodelling both the interior layout and exterior appearance of the house, including design of the entire interior and equipment
Architect: kaa-studio Kamila Holubcová/Antonín Holubec
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Project location: Lesní 20, Lány, Kladno District, Czech Republic
Project year: 2013 – 2015
Completion Year: 03/ 2016
Area: land 860m2, ground coverage 100m2, usable area 175m2
Photo credits: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice
Client: private person

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