Organic Architecture in the Spirit of Catalan Traditions

An article for the Můj dům (My house) magazine, issue 11/2015; article author: Vlastimil Růžička
There aren’t many organic houses in our country, their number has been increasing rapidly, as a result of nature protection and energy savings. The building designed by the architect Oldřich Hozman is located in the fertile plain, between the villages of Torroella de Fluvia and Sant Miquel de Fluvia in Catalonia.

Project of the Chapel in Vyšný Kubín

Project of the chapel in Vyšný Kubín in the Slovak Republic. This multipurpose religious building with two crypts will be located on the southern slope above the village of Vyšný Kubín.

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Family house in Smolné Pece

A study of a low-energy house with a thatched roof in the village of Smolná Pec near Karlovy Vary. Building from natural materials with clay plaster and a furnace.

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From the Construction

Project for the Construction Permit

Example of the Implementation Documentation

Bio-dynamic Agriculture Farmhouse Bemagro

A study of the Bemagro ecological organic farm complex in Meziříčí u Kaplice. The proposed buildings will include farm for breeding hens and pigs, administrative building, canteen, training hall, small dairy plant, and small slaughterhouse. The building will be built from environmentally friendly building materials. Phase I of the project is the dairy. There will also be a new wastewater treatment plant.

Finished Building

Interiors

Office interiors are placed in first floor of the Bemagro milk factory. All furniture is made from larch-tree wood. All surfaces are painted with natural oil by Kreidezeit.

Project of interiors

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Samples of sketches from the early stages of the project when the ideas of the needs and future use of the buildings in the emerging facility were born. Sketches were created along with the creation of architectural models. The models were developed together with company employees.

Creation of the Model

Samples of the architectural model. They were created together with company employees.

From the Construction

Example of the Implementation Documentation

Implementation Documentation in pdf

Garden restaurant and Physical Therapy Center in Průhonice

A project of the Physical Therapy Center in Průhonice near Prague. Reconstruction and extension of the former hotel to the Physical Therapy Center with a restaurant, auditorium, accommodation, and a garden restaurant. The project’s philosophy follows the stylish garden restaurant and its syle is inspired by the period of the “Grandmother” from the novel by Božena Němcová. The garden is designed based on permaculture principles and contains plants with edible fruits. There also grow herbs suitable for preparing meals in the restaurant.

Restaurant photo-gallery

Finished Building

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Creation of the Model

Joint work with the client on the model helped to enrich design ideas. This work helped the client to clarify his ideas about the future structure of the garden and garden restaurant. The model helps to better see and clarify the spatial context. When working on the model, there were also gardeners present, being in charge of the implementation of the future garden. It was a teamwork, leading to overall agreement on the emerging work …

Camphill in České Kopisty

A project of the Camphill sheltered housing in České Kopísty near Litoměřice. The intention is to create an area with several buildings for community housing. The facility will include sheltered workshops such as textile, carpenter, and pottery workshops, a workshop for processing beeswax and candles, bakery, fruit drying room, and facilities for farming and working with animals.

Interiors

A project of the interiors for the  Camphill  sheltered housing in České Kopísty. Interiors and furniture in the socio-therapeutic facility. Implementation of natural materials. Because of their shapes and colours, the used shapes of furniture, doors, and windows have therapeutic character.

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Creation of the Model

Joint work on the model helps to develop forming of the community. It leads to sharing ideas and linking individual opinions. The work that is created in this way is subsequently bore during the realization by the auxiliary forces that are connected with the spirit of the community. As a result, these are the real daily situations during which the work is done. In the beginning, everything came from a mutual agreement … and from creativity, where one shape is followed by the next one …

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Example of the Implementation Documentation

Family house in Ricmanice

A study of the low-energy house north of Brno in the village of Řícmanice. Ecological timber construction of the house and garden buildings, using natural building materials. A construction with organic shapes was created together with the client during modelling of the architectural model.

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Creation of the Model

It is important to involve as many future users as possible in the design creation. When working on a model, circumstances that one would not take into account will emerge from the work on the model…Based on the consideration of the number of rooms and their orientation to the cardinal, we started to build a model house. The method of working together allows the design process to bring not only the forces of thinking, but also the strength of feeling and will. Each family member brings liveliness and joy into the process of creating the model, feeling the context and building on the work of others. It gradually results in mutual agreement about the creation of the house. All participants are able to mentally connect with the emerging design in a better way. Working with clay during the modelling creates certain calm and concentrated mood. It also attracts the attention of children who perceive the forces of inspiration that enter the process of joint creation.

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Family house in Nebusice

A low-energy house.

A brick structure with a 25 cm thick permeable insulation. The house walls are made of non-fired bricks and clay plasters. The client wished to design a house with soft and rounded shapes, inspired by the principles of feng shui. Aesthetically, the aim was to achieve a uniform style of shapes and materials. The facades and interiors of the house include visible wooden parts. The exterior canopy over the main entrance and the outdoor shelter from the southern facade are skilfully crafted and they include carpentry joints elaborated in great detail. In the project, the principles of healthy living, the so-called Baubiologie (the science of healthy living and healthy materials) were taken into account. Therefore, a large part of the house is made of wood. E.g. the house has a wooden ceiling and rafters. The inner walls are lined with half-timbered and non-fired bricks. The foundation plate does not contain steel, but spread polypropylene fibre reinforcement. This ensures that the House allows passing of intact natural geomagnetic field of the earth.

Finished Building

Interiors

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Creation of the Model

Joint work on the model helps..

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Family house in Lány na Důlku

A study of a low-energy family house in Lány na důlku near Pardubice.

A wooden low-cost family house using natural building materials.

Family house in Říčany

A study of a low-energy family house in Říčany u Prahy. A wooden low-cost family house using natural building materials.

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