This house in the Czech Republic is covered by an undulating concrete roof covered with grass, designed by local architecture studio RO_AR.
Located along the wildlife corridor on the edge of Prague’s Hlubosepyl district, this family home is designed to be a “bridge between the city and nature”.
To achieve this, RO_AR designed the house as a “collision of two geometric patterns.” The rectilinear form facing the city is clad in oak veneers, while the hill-like grassy form on the other side faces the gardens and the natural landscape beyond.
“The urban space surrounds the southern and eastern sides of the site,” explained studio founder Szymon Roswałka. “It’s chaotic, random development that often negatively impacts the value of the landscape.”
“We designed a building that was created by transforming the land. The terrain smoothly transitioned from the northwest side to an artificial ‘hill’ on which the house was to be built.” he continued.
At the approach, the ground floor is cut away to create a garage and entrance protected by an overhanging ground floor. Here, a paved path winds around the side of the house and leads into the garden.
The front of the house is more modest, finished in white render and covered with oak battens for privacy, while the rear opens out to the garden through a fully glazed façade under a curved roof. facing.
“This house seeks to extend the natural context into the grounds and interior,” Rozwawka said. “Through its shape and scale, it becomes an abstract object that corresponds to the surrounding rocks in the background.”
A paved patio outside the living area overlooks a small pond, and one of the ground floor bedrooms opens onto a small terrace, partially hidden from the adjoining property by a concrete wall.
Internally, the house’s undulating roof is expressed as an exposed ceiling of boarded concrete, with large skylights where the curves intersect.
The concrete structure also leaves its internal walls exposed, contrasting with the wooden ceiling and staircase, black metal frames, fittings and furniture.
Brno-based RO_AR was founded by Rozwałka in 2011 and operates in both the Czech Republic and Poland.
Elsewhere in the Czech Republic, local studio Architektura recently completed a brightly colored kindergarten that aims to recreate the playfulness of childhood.
Photographed by Viola Herterova.