Space Near and Far

The design of the house in Mšeno was significantly formed by technical circumstances. Yet the result is a house that offers an exceptionally rich living space, and its experience.

The house by architects Jan Stempel and Jan Tesař in Mšeno nad Nisou is placed on a steep hillside above the town, and its seemingly extravagant form is much less arbitrary than it may seem. In fact, it is the outcome of rational reflection on construction plans for difficult terrain, where laying the foundations is complicated not only by the sloping ground but even more by the quality of the underlying surface. Yet though the design was significantly formed by purely technical circumstances, the result is a house that offers an exceptionally rich living space, and no less of an experience of it.

Photo: Pepa Středa; Fotes

Photo: Pepa Středa; Fotes

Architect: stempel & tesar architekti – Ján Stempel, Jan Jakub Tesař
Client: Vítězslav Hájek
Structural engineer: HH Statika – Jan Hora
Contractor: Hájek Construction Company
Design and Completion: 2011-2013
Site: 818 m2
Built-up area: 178 m2
Living space: 113 m2 + (41 m2 terace)
Total volume: 735 m3

The complete article is published in Winter issue of Piranesi No. 33 Vol. 21.

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