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Four Houses in One by Kuba & Pilař architekti

Four Houses in One by Kuba & Pilař architekti

Studio: Kuba & Pilař architekti
Author: Tomáš Pilař
Ladislav Kuba
Wojciech Wilczek
Jan Kopecký
Client: Neumann bytový dům
Project location: Neumannova Street 578/17, Brno, Czech Republic
GPS: 49.195090N, 16.578045E
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 3322 m²
Usable Floor Area: 3316 m² apartments
Photographer: BoysPlayNice

The building is located in a quiet residential Masaryk district, full of quality pre-war functionalist architecture. The volume and spatial solution are based on the character and proportions of the nearest buildings. The residential complex consists of four blocks of different sizes – apartment buildings – which protrude above the terrain from a common underground base. The set of buildings thus naturally fits into its surroundings.

The site with south-west orientation and an attractive view over the Brno Exhibition Centre to the Kohoutovice forest was the reason for the maximum orientation and the opening of the residential complex into this direction. The apartment buildings descend along the slope, their height decreases towards the southern tip of the plot. The pair of buildings along Neumannova Street has four floors above the ground and one underground floor, which are connected by a staircase hall with elevators.

Two lower apartment buildings have three and two floors above the ground, and with their smaller volume, they follow the size of villas along the lower part of the plot. Between the sidewalk of Neumannova Street and the upper apartment buildings, a semi-private living space with a seating area has been designed. On the roof of the parking base between the individual buildings is a private courtyard with gardens connected to the apartments. They are separated by low hedges – gabion baskets planted with hornbeams.

The set of buildings is built as a combined brick and reinforced concrete structure. The facades are clad with clinker brick slips. The smooth surfaces of the fixed and sliding panels made of aluminum sheets provide contrast to the structured surface of the brick slips. The floors of common areas inside buildings, stairs, and tiling of entrance vestibule are made of cast terrazzo.

Ceilings, stairs, and elevator shafts were made as structural elements from exposed concrete. The unifying element of the whole building is the concept of greenery, which will stand out more and more over time.