House Zilvar by ASGK Design

Located at an open countryside of a small village in East Bohemia, the House Zilvar is an experimental low-energy wooden residence, surrounded by fields, meadows and woods.

Architects: ASGK Design
Location: Lodín, Czech Republic
Photography: Petra Hajská

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The house is mainly for relaxing, reading and as a refuge for the owner’s children. Its unconventional shape opens up views of the old oak tree and pond, and across the terrace to the garden’s central section.

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The natural pond in the garden and surrounding village buildings led architect to design a simple building with variations of a pitched roof. The façade is a play on square windows, some can be opened, some hidden behind wooden planks and providing diffuse light, or in the interior permeating the library.

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The living room and kitchenette form one open whole which is divided only by furniture, and a raised platform in the south section of the house which serves as a relaxation zone with library and view out over the garden.

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The inspiration for Zilvar’s shape came from the client’s 4 year-old son, who wanted the building to represent an arthropod, sloping towards the enormous oak tree.