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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.

Post Office Sněžka in Czech Republic by Martin Rajniš

 
January 27th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Rajniš

It’s hard to find a more difficult place for building a house than the peak of Mt. Sněžka. Wind speeds reach up to 250 km/h, winter temperatures hit record freezes, it is the most strictly protected zone of a national park. How to build in such a locality without spending excess money, and create a house that would remain in the minds of the people who visit? This building is a cousin of the storage depots of Amundsen’s or Scott’s polar expeditions, or the houses that you see in Greenland or the Spitzberg Islands. It enters on tiptoes into the national park: it is of wood and glass, standing on delicate metal supports. In the harshest winters it is completely closed off behind interior insulation slabs – shadowboxes – and exterior blinds, which protect it from flying bits of rock and ice. Its outdoor staircase reminds you that you are climbing to the highest point of the Czech lands. An environmentally friendly wooden building, respecting nature, humanity, and the majesty of the mountains.

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

  • Architects: Martin Rajniš, Patrik Hoffman, Jan Mach, Tom Plzenský, David Kubík, Josef Franc
  • Project: Post Office Sněžka
  • Location: Czech Republic
  • Photography: Andrea Thiel Lhotakova, Tomáš Kosnar, Martin Rajniš
  • Project: 2004-5  
  • Built: 2007
  • Area: 113m2
  • Builder space: 690 m3

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Andrea Thiel Lhotakova

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Tomáš Kosnar

Image Courtesy © Tomáš Kosnar

Image Courtesy © Tomáš Kosnar

Image Courtesy © Tomáš Kosnar

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