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HYTTA: Serene Retreat for Creative Minds, Lípa nad Dřevnicí, Czech Republic

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Architecture firm:
Adam Hofman, creative concept and architect. Dominik Ilichman, creative concept
Lípa nad Dřevnicí, Czech Republic
Studio Flusser, Julius Filip
Principal architect:
Adam Hofman, Dominik Ilichman
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Built area:
75 m²
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10,000 m²
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Cabin: Larch wood – facade, terrace. Aluminium windows and doors – building shell. Steel roofing – roof. Spruce boards – interior wall cladding. Spruce floorboards and bio-boards – 1st floor, ceiling, custom-designed furniture. Steel – staircase. Self-levelling screed with epoxy coating – ground floor. Cement screed – floor, walls, and furniture in the bathroom, chimney. Sauna: Charred-timber cladding – facade, roof. Larch wood – floor, walls in the resting area. Alder – cladding and benches in the sauna, doors. Structural KVH beams – framework. Steel – doors, window, earth screws
Adam Hofman and Dominik Ilichman
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Adam Hofman & Dominik Ilichman: A cabin where you have uninterrupted time to think and relax

We are creators by nature. It fulfills us to materialise our dreams and breathe life into our ideas. However, we often encounter obstacles unique to the current day and age: continuous notifications, digital noise, and the constant need to check our phones. These distractions prevent us from fully realising our potential and delving deeply into matters that are important to us. For this reason, Dominik Ilichman and Adam Hofman have created Hytta – a modern cabin in nature where you can create and reflect on important matters without interruption.

Minimalism for maximum focus

The main intention was to design a place that works in harmony with its natural surroundings to provide ample space for reflection and spark inspiration. The combination of privacy, nature, and a quality workspace enables you to free yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and explore new ideas and the things you truly value.

The goal was Scandinavian minimalism. No unnecessary elements to distract you. At the same time, Hytta includes the standards that we are accustomed to today, so that you feel comfortable and can concentrate without interruption. Spacious terrace and windows on all sides connect the interior with the surroundings, allowing nature to be used as a source of creativity and inspiration.

Spacial arrangement

Hytta is situated on a south-facing slope at the edge of a pine forest, which separates the cabin from the surrounding civilization, providing plenty of privacy. Its floor plan is inspired by a former hunting cabin, preserving its overall shape. On the ground floor, you'll find the living area with a kitchen, a foyer, a bathroom, a utility room, and a second outdoor bathroom accessible from the outside.

The main living area has a high gable roof, providing generous space for creativity. From the living area, you can access the bathroom, which offers a striking and intimate atmosphere, thanks to the black screed and furniture. The staircase in the kitchen, made from delicate sheet metal, is suspended by cables and ascends gracefully to the main bedroom. This bedroom faces east, and through its large window the morning sun enters the room, allowing you to watch nature awaken, right from the comfort of your bed. The bedroom also provides access to the first of two cozy nooks. The second nook is situated on a small loft above the main living area and is accessible via a ladder. Both nooks provide additional sleeping areas, allowing Hytta to comfortably accommodate up to six people.

In the living area, a large oak dining table serves as both a dining area and a workspace. Technical facilities, including a computer monitor, can be easily extended above the table from one of the library cabinets. The quality of the workspace is further enhanced by Starlink internet service and biodynamic lighting that does not emit blue light after dark, promoting better sleep. Hytta is primarily heated by a cast-iron wood-burning stove with secondary temperature control provided by underfloor heating.

Finnish sauna for quality relaxation

Quality relaxation is also an essential part of undisturbed creativity. That's why just a few metres away from Hytta, you'll find a modern Finnish sauna with a cold immersion tub. The facility is situated on slightly sloped terrain, offering uninterrupted views of nature while you enjoy the sauna. With dimensions of 6 x 3.5 metres, the structure consists of a relaxation area, a shower, and the Finnish sauna itself. Just like Hytta, it embodies the spirit of Scandinavian minimalism and, thanks to its deep charred-timber cladding facade, almost blends into the surrounding nature. The construction is anchored with earth screws, and access to the facility is provided via a steel ramp, giving the building a pleasant sense of lightness.

About studio / author

Adam Hofman

Adam Hofman graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his studies, he designed Hytta so that he and Dominik could start its realisation right after graduation. The following year, he practically lived on the construction site to gain insight into the construction practice as an architect. After completing Hytta, he completed an internship at querkraft studio in Vienna. Currently, he works for Architekten Kneidinger in Linz, Austria. He has found his passion in conceptual thinking, honest materials, and simple lines.

Dominik Ilichman

Dominik Ilichman studied law at Charles University. He works as a product manager at the tech company Productboard and focuses on artificial intelligence. His job allows him to work remotely, which he often takes advantage of, travelling the world as a digital nomad. In the past, along with Adam, they founded the project Socks Travelling to encourage people to backpack. Dominik shared his travel experiences at the TEDx conference in 2020. Currently, he runs Hytta together with Adam.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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