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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Family house in Lety, Czech Republic by Studio Pha

June 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Pha

The goal of the design was a house that would, in its size, level of comfort and architectonic conception correspond to the modest needs of a young family. The house is made of wood, with the basic load-bearing structure supplemented and further developed by the integrated interior. This approach allowed for the maximal use of space even in relatively small rooms. At the basis is a transparent, logical layout, with a sufficiency of storage areas in its contemporarily economical spatial concept.

Family House (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

  • Architects: Studio Pha
  • Project: Family house in Lety
  • Location: Lety, Czech Republic
  • Realization: 2011
  • Investor: Marek Deyl
  • Area: 136 m2
  • Author: Marek Deyl, Jan Šesták, Filip Tomášek
  • Photography: Filip Šlapal

Side View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

_vertical larch boarding
_ horizontal oriented battens
_weather-proofing membrane
_ fibre cement board
_timbres 100/140 + mineral-wool thermal insulation
_ vapour retarder
_osb (oriented strand board)
_ plaster board

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

Vertical construction:
_beamed ceiling
_beams are coupled to the deck planks
_truss system consists of simple system of rafters

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

Horizontal construction:
_ vertical support linked to the joists and form a system of “two by four”

_gabled roof
_roof slope 32°
_ titanium-zinc

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

_SAPA 75
_anthracite excellence color

Main View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

Other materials:
_Solid oak strip flooring
_Floor screed

Interior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

Products used

–          Flos Architectural Stealth Screen
–          Kreon Diapason outdoor base
–          Kreon Prologe
–          Foscarini O-space
–          Moooi Random light
–          Kreon Mini Down
–          Flos Mayday

Interior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

–          Vitra Eames Contract Round table
–          Vitra Eames Plastic Side chair
–          Vitra Tom Vac chair
–          Tisettanta sofa

Interior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

Software used

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Adobe Photoshop

Stairs (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

The ground floor is dominated by the main living room, with a kitchen counter separated from the entrance section of the house with the transverse mass of the staircase. The upper floor (really an attic) is, contrastingly, divided into smaller sections: three separate bedrooms and a bath. To the side, a service corridor fulfils the secondary function of a wardrobe. In addition to the main bedroom, with its convenience further increased by its own direct access to the bath, all other rooms in the attic are covered by a flat ceiling creating a small usable attic above them.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

The extremely simple and formally “traditionalist” appearance of the house’s mass is the result of the somewhat strict local building regulations regarding the shape and pitch of the roof, the height (number of floors) of construction, and distance from the edges of the plot.

Bathroom (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

The mass of the house is articulated solely through the repeated module of fenestration. The transition of the roof to the exterior envelope is resolved, both on the gable and along the eaves, without the slightest overhang: rain-gutters and drainpipes are integrated into the wall composition. In both gables, the facade is broken into walls running at a slant – on the ground floor, it forms a covered porch at the entrance, in the opposite gable, a covered loggia on the upper floor.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Filip Šlapal)

In its effect, the resulting appearance of the house is minimal, even ascetic, grounded merely in the refinement of the chosen natural materials, the composition of windows, the mastery of proportional relations and purity of detail. Great emphasis was placed on the chosen composition of the facade reflecting the logic of the interior arrangements. In this way, the house openly admits its simplicity, and its spatial-functional rationality.


East elevation

Site Plan

Site Plan

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