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Weekend House Nové Hamry, Czech Republic by NEW HOW architects

Project name:
Weekend House Nové Hamry
Architecture firm:
NEW HOW architects
Nové Hamry, the Ore Mountains (Karlovy Vary Region), Czech Republic
Petr Polák, polak@studiopetrohrad.cz, petrpolak.photo
Tools used:
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Principal architect:
David Zámečník
Design team:
Design year:
Completion year:
Built area:
190 m²
Site area:
975 m²
Interior design:
Structural engineer:
David Zámečník
Petra Lehká & David Zámečník

NEW HOW architects designed a weekend house in Czech Ore Mountains inspired by surrounding nature and colours. The house materialised as an aerodynamic but angular figure, where basic building elements give way to a clear shape and merge with each other.

The house is only a few meters from the edge of the forest, from where it grows up towards the tops of spruces. Nestled among the trees, almost hidden compared to other white plaster houses next door, it almost looks as if it has been swallowed up by forests…

Weekend House Nové Hamry, Czech Republic by NEW HOW architectsimage © Petr Polák

The design is based on the local nature and color, in which you can find all shades of gray. You can see gray in the shades of trees, in granite and basalt rocks, and even in the dark green needles and trunks of the local spruces, which are so typical of the forests of the Ore Mountains. From the beginning, it was clear that the facade and roof of the holiday home should be covered with aluminum in a similar dark color. The façade structure was used to create an intense rough surface that vaguely resembles oiled black wood and slow-growing spruce trunks. However, its color and surface are not the only striking aspects of this house.

forest cabin house image © Petr Polák

From a formal point of view, the new building is represented by an aerodynamic but angular figure, where classic elements, such as the roof and the wall, give way to a clear shape and merge with each other. The appearance was created through many precisely set spatial scenes of the interior and on the basis of seasonally changing local climatic conditions, as the snow load in winter requires the choice of a steep roof angle.

mountain cabin house image © Petr Polák

The idea of a "lookout tower" also determines the height of the house from the inside. It should resemble a tower rather than a house and should also serve as a hideaway. Instead of the usual two floors, three levels of action were created - each with its own character. At the highest level, the house serves as a studio, library and also as a refuge. At this point, it is possible to let thoughts fly... A square window with a side of 2.5 m long frames the view of the treetops, the sky and the landscape. One floor lower, in addition to the bathroom and the open gallery space, we can also find sleeping corners here.

weekend house in Czech Republic image © Petr Polák

The floor is partly formed by a net that establishes a connection with the lowest level both visually and acoustically and functions as a rest area. It's a place where you can unleash your imagination. Sitting in a net and not having solid ground underfoot has something to do with the dream of flying, as well as looking up at the sky. The lowest level of the house is dominated by the main social area with a kitchen and a central fireplace - a place of meeting and lively conversation. The technical background is located in a partially sunken basement.

European forest image © Petr Polák

In the near future, the house will be inhabited throughout the year. For this reason, the house already has places to sleep for at least ten people. In addition, the energy concept of the house should be expanded in the future as well. It is currently heated by an open fireplace and electricity. In addition, the house is already equipped with connection points for the rooftop photovoltaic system and for vertical wind turbines that help realize the idea of energy self-sufficient life.

black house

black house

cabin house design

snowy weather

site plan

basement floor plan

ground floor plan

first floor plan

second floor plan

architectural section drawing

elevation drawing


substructure (basement + foundation slab) / supplier: PROVAST
load-bearing wooden structure of the house – CLT panels NOVATOP / supplier: 3AE
sheet metal roofing and facades – Al folded sheet PREFA Prefalz anthracite, cz.prefa.com / supplier: Tomáš Padevět, poklem.cz
floors on the ground floor – marmoleum FORBO, www.forbo.com / supplier: REALSTEP
interior and exterior cladding with wood and OSB / Milan Panoch

Products and Brands

kitchens, beds and shelving systems  — IKEA (with carpentry adjustments)\www.ikea.cz
carpentry and stairs — Petr Višňovský\www.nabytek.visnovsky.cz
upholstery — Comfortella\www.comfortella.cz
bathrooms and tiles — SIKO BATHROOMS\www.siko.cz
locksmith products — ALIA SYSTEM\www.aliasystem.cz


About studio

NEW HOW is an architectural studio, which builds on the experience of the previous architecti.cz office and the independent work of its founding members, architects David Zámečník and Filip Havliš. The predominant part of the work is residential and commercial architecture, but in addition, the studio was given the opportunity to design several projects in a mountain environment. During its existence, the studio has received several awards in architectural competitions and their projects and realizations have been published in various professional media. So far, the studio's greatest success has been winning an international architectural competition for the New Kežmarok Cottage in the High Tatras in Slovakia. Whether it is a small design, interior, house or urbanism, architects always try to create and collaborate with the client in the design process, ideally from study to implementation. They have verified during many years of practice that this is the only way to guarantee a quality result and final satisfaction on both sides.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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