S T R A W B A L E Z E R O E N E R G Y H O U S E
Nature of project:
V O N O K L A S Y , C z e c h R e p u b l i c
new family home with office and dancing studio
Roman Smola and Vendula Poznarová, Prague
sketch - view from south
sketch - view from east
first floor plan
1.01 entrance, 1.02 office, 1.03 dance studio - indoor, 1.04 dance studio - outdoor, 1.05 outdoor office space, 1.06 corridor, 1.07 entry, 1.08 corridor, 1.09 bathroom, 1.10 bedroom, 1.11 living, 1.12 void to downstairs, 1.13 void to downstairs conservatory, 1.14 storage and workshop (retaining wall), 1.15 car entry, 1.016 glazed roof to downsatirs kitchen,
ground floor plan
0.01 car entry, 0.02 garage 0.03 staircase to upstairs entrance, 0.04 corridor, 0.05 utility, 0.06 WC, 0.07 pantry, 0.08 kitchen area, 0.09 living area, 0.10 conservatory, 0.11 herbal garden + pool, 0.12 existing stone wall,
Vonoklasy - view from south
Due to unclear local politics and corruption, this house made it as far as to the bin directly from a drawing board. Roman and Vendula aimed to buy a plot overseeing village of Vonoklasy about 27km from Prague's centre. It didn't have a construction permit. However, there is illegally built cottage on the property and plot itself is surrounded by constructible land. For this reason the owner asked for change in planning decision, hoping to sell it with a full building permission. Once local authority realized the plot is on sale, they decided not to guarantee the owner a building permission if he decides to sell it to someone else rather than their 'friend'.
Roman and Vendula are both working in Prague. Roman co-owns Web Design Factory and Vendula teaches contemporary dance. Their new home should have a space that allows them to work from home. It needs to be energy self sufficient.
It is a lean plot restricted from east with an existing stone wall and from north-west with steeply ascending land. Therefore the house is partially buried under ground. The ground floor opens towards south facing conservatory. There is reflecting pool and herbal garden in front of conservatory. First floor emerges on the northern part of the property. It flows into a garden with tent-like canopy used seasonally as a dancing outdoor studio. Indoor dancing studio and Roman's office are two adjacent circular loadbearing strawbale structures carrying flat living roof. There si also a workshop and storage space cut into a slope towards west of loadbearing straw. Main entrance plus Roman and Vendula's timber framed double storey strawbale insulated 1 bedroom home is towards south.
In cooperation with: Mirek Neumann, NEUMANN ASSOCIATES Ltd., Ontario, Canada, structural engineer