Story of the house in Spain, a lecture of the “Příběhy domů” (Stories of Houses) conference.

Story and lecture about building a house in northern Spain. An organic architecture of the house and natural building materials. Description of the construction process and telling the story of the entire project. Lecture length 30 minutes.

Sacred Geometry and Golden Section

Article for the Domov magazine 3/2015, author: Vít Straňák

Proponents of sacred geometry emphasize that simple geometric relationships can be found in every life form, proving the geometric nature of the universe. Some simple examples include honeycomb nature (although built of rings have a regular hexahedron shape in the end) sophisticated shells of the Nautilus marine cephalopod species (forming logarithmic spirals), but also a remarkable structure of snowflakes which have the form of fractals. Fractals are at first glance the most complicated geometrical objects currently examined by mathematics, but they often have surprisingly simple mathematical structure. All this can be – and is – a huge impetus for inspiring architecture.

Shaping the architecture of Waldorf Schools (Part 1)

Article for the Člověk a výchova (People and Education) magazine 3/2015, author: Oldřich Hozman

One of the cornerstones of education at Waldorf schools is for the pupils to experience correct classification of a human being among the qualities of the spirit and the Earth. One tool of deepening of the experience is teaching art and artistically shaped buildings and their surroundings. How do these experiences help in shaping the school environment will be the content of the first part. In the introduction we will talk about the human actions related to the influence of the power of the intention. Next, I will pay attention to particular visible characteristics of architecture schools expressing their relationship with spirit. In the next part of the article I will describe how we experience what we perceive as human (as opposed to the plant or animal world) in architecture. The last part will be devoted to the experiencing and the influence of materialistic earth qualities to architecture schools.

The subtle forces of the Earth

Article for the Domov magazine 2/2015, author: Vít Straňák

What is the recipe? Should we pretend, in the spirit of the exact sciences, that something does not exist? “In my project I focus on the development of positive mood,” reads the recipe of Oldřich Hozman. “I have observed that when a person is in positive mood, geopathic zone have no impact on them.” An architect attempts to develop positive mood in projects, e.g. by using the method of collective creation or different artistic methods that promote self-actualization and inner self-expression of a man. They seek to enable all parties cooperating to find themselves and to be able to artistically express themselves. “People are then deeply satisfied and fulfilled. They enjoy the creation and the fact that the project has incorporated their wishes. They are strengthened in their self, become healthier and not affected by groundwater. ”

Cornerstones of the Holistic Architecture

An article for the Domov (Home) magazine 1/2015; author: Vít Straňák

Creating a healthy relationship between the human soul and genius loci of the place. Holistic architecture in a nutshell. This article is an introduction to the “Alternativní bydlení” (Alternative Housing) series of in the Domov (Home) magazine.

What is the recipe? Should we pretend, in the spirit of the exact sciences, that something does not exist? “In my project I focus on the development of positive mood,” reads the recipe of Oldřich Hozman. “I have observed that when a person is in positive mood, geopathic zone have no impact on them.” An architect attempts to develop positive mood in projects, e.g. by using the method of collective creation or different artistic methods that promote self-actualization and inner self-expression of a man. They seek to enable all parties cooperating to find themselves and to be able to artistically express themselves. “People are then deeply satisfied and fulfilled. They enjoy the creation and the fact that the project has incorporated their wishes. They are strengthened in their self, become healthier and not affected by groundwater. ” “This is the second article of the “Alternativní bydlení” (Alternative Housing) series of in the Domov (Home) magazine.

Shaping force of the spirit, a project of social facilities in the Czech Kopisty by Terezín

Article for the  Mensch und Architektur Magazine, issue 78/80, 2013, author: Oldřich Hozman.

I wished that the project was created in a social way and that the true spirit of the shaping forces could enter it .This means both the Camphill community spirit and also the creative spirit of its individual citizens. That’s why I recommended using the modelling clay for the formation of the model and joint modelling as the as the basic method of the design. It is the way, where creative powers of inspiration from communities and individuals can directly enter the shaped mass. At the same time, everyone can see the arising result, being able to comment on it and there is a consensus formed in the community. This creates a living work of art, “a social work”. We modelled the model two days in a group of about ten people and we enjoyed this   with creative fun. Such joint creation also has another advantage from the spiritual point of view. Everything that arises is consciously experienced by all, and everyone can mentally connect with it. Each person’s becomes consciously adopted and he or she then clearly tries to achieve it by their own will. We have been successful and some of the planned parts have already been created. For example, the staircase with a barrier-free ramp and wooden pergola with a balcony over the main entrance to the current community building. Some interiors have also been finished already.

A Lecture from the “Příběhy domů”(Stories of Houses” Conference

Talks about the origin and construction of a house in Lány near Prague. The use of natural building materials and organic structures. Lecture length: 25 minutes.

The Path to Holistic Formation of the Environment

An article for the Zlatý řez (Golden Section) magazine, issue 34/2011

Deepening the concept of sustainability. Evolution of human consciousness in relation to nature. Perception of spiritual dimension of the environment. The level of vital forces.

Man is fully aware of the changing environment. Since the onset of the industrial revolution, various philosophical views and theories on maintaining a balance between human activities and nature have emerged. Most of them are focused on the properties of the physical world of chemicals or limiting the extraction of mineral resources. The concept of sustainable development does not reflect the aesthetic influences of architecture on human health or moral actions of men. It addresses social matters only marginally. These opinions and knowledge that enhance the ecology and ethics in the holistic way are not so well-known and widespread. In this paper I deal with them. The “holistic” term means broader view of shaping the environment than just the physically measurable look.

Dopoledne s Dvojkou (Morning with the Station Two), ČRo 2 radio programme

To build a house? It’s not so simple. After all, it’s the place where we will spend our lifetime and perhaps our descendants too. In addition, we place the building in the area where animals often live, water flows, and thus we affect the overall landscape. Stanislava Lekešová spoke with the architect Oldřich Hozman 

Holistic Architecture, a Lecture at the Conference

A panel discussion on Holistic Architecture took place in September 2011 at the Rudolf Steiner as Inspiration conference, during the Rudolf Steiner and Contemporary Art exhibition at DOX Center of Contemporary Art. The lecturer was acad. arch. Oldřich Hozman. The lecture took 1 hour and 13 min.