Nursing home in Prague 5 – Czech republic. The building has a social character. It consists of 65 small apartments. The building has a doctor’s office, a dining room, a chapel, an administrator’s apartment, a hairdresser, a pedicure and corridors with reading rooms. The building is made of natural thermo bricks and insulated with additional mineral wool in a low-energy standard. All wals and constructions are vapor open and breathable. Budget costs were CZK 80 million in the year 2000.

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Basic shape of the ground plan is a capital letter U. The shape of the building is inspired by the arrangement of buildings of Czech monasteries. The garden and courtyard are open to the south and are sunny for most of the day. On to of that, there is a chapel in the middle of the garden. Aesthetics based on the proportions of the golden section and the proportions of a regular hexagon played a significant role in the design of the building. All dimensions of the building have harmonic proportions with respect to each other. At the beginning of the construction, I performed a celebrating ritual with some of my friends. Suburban part of Prague – Zličín, where the house stands, is an area with high level of underground water. I perceived the being of the place and devoted her attention. This being is an Undine that is related to the local wetlands. To this higher elementary being I dedicated an ornament on the topic of flowing water. It is a so-called cosmogram – a colourful ornament placed and created in the middle of the chapel.

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