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Weekend House in Bukovany by SENAA architekti

Weekend House in Bukovany by SENAA architekti

Studio: SENAA architekti
Author: Václav Navrátil, lead architect
Jan Sedláček, lead architect
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Social Media: @senaa_architekti
Studio Address: Jakubské náměstí 7, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Design Team: Kateřina Zabadalová, Jan Gadziala

Project Location: Bukovany
Project Country: Czech Republic
Project Year: 2019
Completion Year: 2021
Built-up Area: 98 m²
Gross Floor Area: 142 m²
Usable Floor Area: 115 m²
Plot Size: 235 m²

Photographer: Alex Shoots Buildings,
Collaborator: Garden – Jana Zuntychová

About Studio

SENAA is an architectural studio founded by Jan Sedlacek and Vaclav Navratil. We have gained extensive professional experience in studios in Brno, Prague, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York which we continue to expand. We take an individualist approach to each project. We seek out novel solutions and place great emphasis on economical designs and the affordable implementation of structures. We work in all areas of architecture, ranging from new construction to renovation and interior design.

Ing. arch. Jan Sedláček

Born in 1981 in Prostejov (Czech republic), graduate of Faculty of Architecture in Brno. One year study on the Faculty of architecture in Brighton (2008), followed by a one year fellowship in RoToArchitects in Los Angeles and Zakrzewski Hyde Architects in New York (2009). He worked for a Brno-located architecture studio DRNH (2010). In 2011 he co- founded with V. Navratil architecture studio SENAA.

Ing. arch. Václav Navrátil

Born in 1983 in Kyjov (Czech republic), graduate of Faculty of Architecture in Brno (2005). One year fellowship in architecture studio Group A in Rotterdam, Holland (2008). He spent 3 years in the architecture studio of L.Labus. In 2011 co-founded with J. Sedlacek  architecture studio SENAA.

The house lies in a pleasant wine cellar lane with limited access for construction equipment. We had to abandon the original reconstruction plan after the actual condition was discovered. The new building respects the footprint and shape of the old house.

The house could be conceptually divided into several layout and structural parts. The bedroom, bathroom and toilet occupy the brick part – originally a living area. The glazed living room stands on the site of the former goat sheds and is structurally a steel structure. The superstructure is made of wood and houses a sauna with a relaxation area.

The house uses every bit of the steep sloping plot. On the 230 m2 area, in addition to the house itself, there is a bike shed and above the roof terrace, there is a swimming pool tucked into the slope with a panoramic view of the surroundings.

The house has a traditional morphology but combines modern details with historical technologies. For example, we set a hand-hewn loft ceiling into a steel structure, which continues into frameless large-scale glazing. The interior plaster is coloured and polished without any additional surface treatment. Another distinctive softening element are the rounded corners of the window lining and lintels. We also applied a traditional Japanese folk technique of charred wood shou-sugi-ban and the entire superstructure of the sauna house on the roof terrace is treated in this way.

The mixture of the variety of details and the overall layout creates an architectural experience of the space and shows the possibility of implementing modern architecture in the historical context of the cellar lane.