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Andělská Hora, Karlovy Vary, CMC Architects, Vit Máslo, BoysPlayNice

Down-to-earth luxury: Residential house in Andělská Hora

Designed by Vit Máslo and David Richard Chisholm as a secondary residence for a wealthy client, the house is located some six kilometres away from Karlovy Vary (or Karlsbad in German), a famous spa town in the northwest of the Czech Republic. Yet it has nothing in common with the elegant ambience of the resort; on the contrary, it is pronouncedly down-to-earth and tradition-conscious in terms of materials and form, a pitched roof with a row of skylights being one of its outstanding features. Others include roof areas and longitudinal façades in titanium zinc standing seam sheeting, gable fronts in charred spruce wood on, and weathering steel on the side wing facades.

The plot of land, just over 2,100 square metres in size, is approached by a road from the north-east and slopes gently to the south-west. The ruins of the mediaeval Engelsburg Castle, where the town of Andělská Hora originated, is just a few hundred metres away on a craggy outcrop of rock.  A single-storey, flat-roofed wing containing the master bedroom, bathroom and study lies perpendicular to the long, barn-like main wing, setting off the private garden and swimming pool in the west from the access area to the north. The ground floor in the main wing is taken up by a garage, followed by an open kitchen and dining area with glazing set back within the building volume and opening on to a covered wooden terrace leading to the garden and pool. The upper floor has three guest bedrooms, two further bathrooms and a gallery open to the living space below and suitable for use as a place for seclusion or concentrated work. Altogether the building has some 350 square metres of space.

The rooms are fairly monochrome in character, with dark wooden floors and furniture and a block-like fireplace in blackened sheet steel contrasting with the white-toned wooden surfaces on walls and ceilings. In the entrance area and living room, decorative Bohemian crystal lamps draw attention in a reserved but effective way.

Since the client expressly asked for wood timber construction, the architects had the outer walls and ceiling surfaces produced out of cross-laminated timber elements between 80 and 100 mm thick, while some of the interior walls were executed as dry partition walls with gypsum board panels.  Tropical ipé wood was used for the terrace decking. A heat pump system warms both the house and the swimming pool outside it.

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Team: Jan Hrebicek, Dan Simpach, Gabriela Sekyrova
Contracting business: Baustav a.s.
Alnus s.p.o.l

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