SENAA renovates a goat shed in the Czech village of Bukovany into a modern home
from heritage vernacular to contemporary
Bringing new life to a former goat shed in Bukovany, Czech studio SENAA architekti completes a contemporary weekend home. The restoration project is located along a remote and pastoral “wine cellar lane” which, in turn, provided limited access to construction equipment. This location with all its limitations greatly influenced the design of the house. The team explains: ‘We had to abandon the initial reconstruction plan after the real state was discovered. The new building respects the footprint and shape of the old house.’
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senaa architekti goes to the village of bukovany
The team at SENAA architekti (see more here) conceptually divides their weekend home Bukovany into several organizational and structural parts. The bedroom, the bathroom and the shower room occupy a volume of bricks. Meanwhile, a glazed living room occupies the site of the old goat stables and takes shape with a steel structure. The “superstructure” above is made of wood and houses a sauna with a relaxation area.
The house uses every bit of the steeply sloping plot. In addition to the house itself, the 230 square meter site accommodates bicycle storage and a rooftop swimming pool nestled into the slope with panoramic views of the surrounding area.
a house with modern and historical details
SENAA architekti comments on the design of its weekend house in Bukovany: “The house has a traditional morphology but combines modern details with historical technologies. For example, we placed a hand-hewn attic ceiling in a steel structure, which continues in large-scale frameless glazing. The interior coating is colored and polished without any additional surface treatment.
“Another distinctive softening element are the rounded corners of the window lining and lintels. We also applied a traditional Japanese folk technique of charred wood shou-sugi-ban, and the entire superstructure of the roof terrace sauna house is treated in this way.
? The mix of the variety of details and the overall layout creates an architectural experience of space and shows the possibility of implementing modern architecture within the historic context of Cellar Lane.