Entries by Jiří Procházka

What is the Quality of Environment?

An article for NGO LEA – What are our current notions of living? How much do we take into account the state of the development of our civilisation with regard to our style of living? How, and with what criteria, do we evaluate the quality of our living space? The holistic understanding of a good quality […]

Metamorphoses of a House with an Inner Garden

Magazine Můj dům, September 2004 – My idea of an ideal living space is a house with an internal garden. The layout of this imaginary bungalow is formed by a ring of living rooms encircling a central garden. This image of a house with an internal garden has been inspired by zen gardens. The article in Czech language (PDF)

Harmony of The Golden Ratio

Magazine Můj dům, 3/2004 – Optimum proportions, natural order – these are terms that have intrigued builders for centuries. When observing nature, for example the shapes of trees or a human body, you will notice a certain order in the proportions of individual parts. And it is in these proportions of the individual parts that the golden […]

The Key to the Right Entrance

Magazine Můj dům, 06/2003 – The entrance door and hall are one of the most important places in a house or flat. This is where a large part of vital energy comes into the house. For humans this is where they retune from the outside space to the inside one.A beautiful and spacious entrance improves our mood. […]

All Features of a Landscape

Magazine Můj dům 03/2003 – On what criteria do we base our search for the right place to live? Our first visual impressions of the location are important for our immediate decision making. But there are also other important aspects which are not so clearly visible at first sight. The holistic quality of the environment […]

Magic of a Good Lot

Magazine Můj dům, 4/2003 – The quality of a building plot is mostly influenced by the slope? Why is there a ? here?of the plot and its orientation with regard to cardinal directions. It is also advisable to find out if the angle of the terrain provides a natural protection against the prevailing wind. The selection of an […]

The Magic of Anthroposophical Buildings

Crystalline architectural styles that speak their own language. What is hidden in their shapes and colours? It is the relationship between the building and the human, the reflection of its hidden, perceived rhythms and proportions… The article discusses principles of organic architecture. It was written when travelling around Camphill* Communities. These are communities for people […]

Change – the Basis of Life

Magazine Můj dům, 02/2003 – The right house is an entity which reacts to the ever changing requirements of its inhabitants. If it can be altered internally based on the specific needs of the family, it becomes a living organism. There is no need to start extensive building work. All we have to do is not to […]

Human Dwellings for People and Natural Forces

Omnibus Okruh a střed 2/2002 – When looking at the landscape, I see hills and valleys, fields and meadows, and between the fields, the sky and the earth. I always compare two qualities and based on this comparison I judge which one prevails or if they are in harmony. Modern man makes decisions based on the primary qualities of […]