Mountain House by FAM Architekti

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Mountain house by FAM Architekti

This white rectangular box with an array of windows on three sides is a family retreat located in the mountains in Pernink, Czech Republic, designed by Czech studio FAM Architekten.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The windows on the Mountain House are of varying sizes and positioned in order to achieve the best views of the surroundings and optimum sunlight inside.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

Due to the location of the house and the harsh weather conditions, the external walls are made of thick insulated clay blocks.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

Inside the house the materials have been left untreated, including the exposed concrete floors and ceilings and hand-applied stucco rendering on the walls.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

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Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The following information is from the architects:


2011 Mountain House in Pernink, Czech Republic
Pavel Nasadil, FAM Architects

A house has been built in the village of Pernink in the Krusne Mountains in west Bohemia, Czech Republic. The house is located 820 metres above sea level near the German border in a valley which is defined by a wild water stream.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The client imposed a free brief right at the start of the design which evolved over a long period. The house represents a hybrid typology of a small residential retreat and a guest house with facilities for local skiing and nature hiking.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The form and scale of the house are largely defined by topography and the orientation towards views of landscape and towards sunlight. The prevailing western winds are tackled with a narrow gable end to minimise their impact.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

A small budget and harsh local climate have determined a simple method of construction which has been buildable in two short building seasons.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The external walls are made of 500mm thick superinsulated prefabricated clay blocks, which are also used for the main loadbearing wall.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

A sense of a cave like protection against climate is supported by the journey from entrance lobby to the upper living space which winds itself twice through this thick internal wall.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The floor to ceiling height differs in hierarchy with the staircase zone being of minimal height and the living space being increased to 3m, which strengthens the effect of the landscape entering the building interior through large glazed openings.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

The materials used are of high constructional standard and are left in their natural appearance without further treatment – hand applied stucco renderings, masive wood, exposed concrete ceilings and floors and aluminium windows.

Mountain house by FAM Architekti

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The heating is built within the floors and powered by gas, with additional option of wood burning stove in the living space. The client was in charge of organizing the construction herself with the final costs added to a complete sum of 100.000 EUR inclusive of the plot and internal fittings and furniture.

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Location – Pernink, Czech Republic
Architect – Pavel Nasadil / FAM Architekti

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Co-operation – Marek Nábělek, Hana Svobodova, Tomas Straka

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Client – private
Construction costs – CZK 2.5 mil. inclusive of interior fittings and furniture

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Built-up area – 66 m2
Cubic volume – 470 m3

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Main contractor – self contracted
Project – 2006
Construction – 2008–2010

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  • kle

    This rather looks like somewhere in Portugal or Japan.

  • a2104

    IMO too tiny

  • http://twitter.com/keiralx @keiralx

    yep… i dig those massive walls in plan.

  • eilie

    agree with a2104;
    like a puppet house – look at the size of the room with the chinmey and the lc4.
    i think space cd have been used more useful.
    nevertheless, i like the outer look !

  • Vincent#1

    It lacks the spacious refinement of Japanese minimalist architecture. I Mean, at least the pictures look somewhat tight or oppressive.

    Btw. Look for the plugcontacts :) NOO!!
    And the garden looks very East-European :)

  • peter

    East-European? What does that even mean?

  • toby block

    Out Of Place
    (would look more appropriate on a small urban site)

  • Lee

    in my (east-european) opinion this little house is a nice job. consequent and cool.

  • mcmlxix

    I agree that the living space is too small. I don’t think it would harm the exterior…it would likely even lend visual interest…to add a 2 to 3 ft pop out the width of the living space. If this were done, the roof of it should be level with the roof of the stair side of the building and also set in 2 to 3 feet from the ‘east’ wall instead of flush.

  • Wanda

    So where are the solar panels? That way you do not need to have wood heat unless it is extremely cold, and you have your own electric for lights and your appliances.