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Double Gable House, Pilsen, Czech Republic by PRO-STORY

Project name:
Double Gable House
Architecture firm:
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Petr Polák
Principal architect:
Tereza Nová, Jiří Zábran
Design team:
Joinery: Jiří Ruml. Carpentry: Gasys
Interior design:
Built area:
Built-up area 103 m²; Gross floor area 152 m²; Usable floor area 128 m²
Site area:
575 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Spruce planks – ceilings, floors on the upper floor. Birch plywood – interior walls cladding. Natural linoleum – floors on the ground floor. 1 Ceramic tiles – corridor floors, bathrooms. Impregnated battens – facade cladding. Spruce with white glaze and colourless varnish – windows
Residential › House

PRO-STORY: A single row of old semi-detached family houses remained surrounded by concrete blocks of flats, creating an exceptional private island of gardens inside a high-rise residential area of the Pilsen–Lochotín district. Most of those houses have already been renovated and enlarged by later additions, changing the original scale of this neighbourhood. The proposed renovation aimed not only to fulfill all the needs of a young family but also to add new volume which does not only enlarge it but creates a new contemporary layer of the house.

The use of two archetypal gabled roofs offers an interesting but modest exterior as well as a spatially diverse generous interior with different floor levels, wooden mezzanines, and open volume of the roof. Windows covered with wooden battens fulfill the intention of bringing as much light to the interior as well as maintaining enough privacy which was a key factor of the design. The preserved parts of the house are shown; new parts are not replicas but contemporary elements. Original facade elements are preserved; the plastered facades are unified with white colour. New wooden windows are simple with no divisions, fixed or opening.

The new roof gable is clad in impregnated wooden battens as well as a garden facade and new entrance extension which replaced the original extension.The ground floor consists of a children’s room, bathroom, and large living room with access to the garden created by connecting two rooms. The fact that the room is open to the first floor with an inserted reading room enables it to bring light to the bathroom above. There is a second children’s room and master bedroom with a bathroom on the first floor with access to the mezzanine.

About studio / author

The architectural and design studio PRO-STORY was established in 2014 as the result of a long-term collaboration between Jiří Zábran and the civil engineering office of Josef Houška. It focuses on architecture, urban planning, design, and engineering activities from initial designs all the way to construction projects.

After completing her architecture studies at FUA TUL in Liberec in 2011, Tereza Nová collaborated with Jiří Zábran on a number of projects presented under the name of Zábran Nová architects. In 2014, she went on maternity leave and recently returned to the PRO-STORY studio to continue with her previous collaboration.

By Liliana Alvarez

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