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House LO in Chřiby, Czech Republic by Ateliér Lina Bellovičová

Project name:
House LO
Architecture firm:
Ateliér Lina Bellovičová
Chřiby, Czech Republic
BoysPlayNice, www.boysplaynice.com
Principal architect:
Lina Koníček Bellovičová
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
195 m²
Site area:
20000 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Ondřej Koníček
Residential › House

The Czech architecture studio Ateliér Lina Bellovičová designed an ecological house in the woods, built from hempcrete and covered by a green roof. House LO is defined by three elements: a thin wooden sheet covering two perforated stones that enclose the living space of the house.

Architect's statement: Ondřej loves nature and forests. Before having children he led a life of a modern nomad. He owned a site in the middle of the woods and always dreamt about building a cabin there. During winter he used to live in the city and in spring he relocated to his parents' cabin nearby the future building site of the house LO. He wanted his house to be connected to the surrounding nature, to be ecological, and to have his own photo chamber there, to spend his winter evenings developing his photos.

forest house in Czech Republic image © BoysPlayNice

He also had a clear idea about the building material. As hempcrete has never been used as a building material in the Czech Republic, it was a great challenge for me as an architect. First struggles evolved in a valuable experience and fascination with its features and its history. Building with hempcrete is easy and allows the builder to build their house on their own. Material is petrifying for several years and draws carbon dioxide from the air around during this process. Hempcrete has great insulating features, is recyclable and also resistant to pests, fire and molds.

house made with Hempcrete material image © BoysPlayNice

House LO is defined by three elements: two perforated stones and a thin wooden sheet. The void in between the stones is the living space of the house. It is separated from the surrounding nature by large sliding windows that allow the space to become part of the outdoors and frame picturesque views. The two stones contain entrance, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

wooden house nestled in nature image © BoysPlayNice

The house has a cellar with technical facilities, photo chamber, club room and storage. A large terrace runs around the house, being protected from bad weather by the roof overhang, so that the owner can spend as much time outside as possible. The roof is covered with a green carpet, so that the house merges with nature and is well insulated. The layout of the house is designed to use its space to the fullest. The house will gradually become part of the nature. First it will be a home to a family with two children, later become a family summer retreat and even later a comfortable home for an elderly couple.

single family home built on a hill image © BoysPlayNice

house with illumination at night image © BoysPlayNice

forest home image © BoysPlayNice

wooden house surrounded with trees image © BoysPlayNice

tree branch image © BoysPlayNice

round kitchen table and chairs image © BoysPlayNice

stone decor on table image © BoysPlayNice

metal kitchen design image © BoysPlayNice

kitchen island image © BoysPlayNice

home decor image © BoysPlayNice

modern kitchen design image © BoysPlayNice

wooden terrace deck image © BoysPlayNice

bathtub with nature view through window image © BoysPlayNice

bathroom window image © BoysPlayNice

washing basin and mirror image © BoysPlayNice

kids toys and chair image © BoysPlayNice

window frame image © BoysPlayNice

cat on the window image © BoysPlayNice

bedroom nightstand lamp image © BoysPlayNice

Basement Floor Plan Basement Floor Plan 

Ground Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan 

Roof PlanRoof Plan


timber – construction
concrete – cellar
anhydrid – floor
hempcrete – walls
stainless steel – kitchen
plywood – furniture


Products and Brands

extractor hood and cooktop — BORA\www.bora.com
coffee maker — Siemens\www.siemens.com
anhydrid floor — Qualibau\www.qualibau.com
concrete bathtub — Betton\www.betton.cz
windows CERO — Solarlux\www.solarlux.com


About Ateliér Lina Bellovičová

Lina studied architecture at the Brno University of Technology. During her studies she took part in the Bauhaus Summer School in Dessau - Germany, and did an internship in Zurich - Switzerland. She also worked in studio Tato architects in Kobe - Japan, where she worked on a design of the candy shop Papabubble in Osaka. After returning to the Czech Republic she founded her own studio. In her practice she focuses on family houses, residential buildings and urban studies in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Each and every house is an original reflecting the client's personality.

Lina Bellovicova Architect Portrait

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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