Perched on a mountain ridge at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level, this cabin in the Ore Mountains of the Czech Republic has a lot of character and stands out while at the same time blending into the surroundings quite well, a rather unusual and intriguing combo which Stempel & Tesar Architects worked hard to achieve.
A big portion of the back facade is made of glass which actually doesn’t expose it to the elements that much but definitely maximizes the views
The cabin’s traditional design and simple form are complemented by large expanses of glass which open up the interior spaces to the panoramic views without compromising the building’s insulation. In fact, this is a building which requires very little energy in spite of the extreme conditions it faces.
The gabled roof and gray exterior helps the house to blend in and to maintain a traditional appearanceAlthough it has cozy cabin-like look, this is actually a fairly big two-story houseA two-car garage partially conceals almost half of the front facadeThe gray exterior gives the house a subtle modern vibe while keeping the overall design simple
The internal spaces are organized on two floors, under a gabled roof which ensures a very warm and cozy ambiance upstairs. The common areas share the ground floor and feature floor-to-ceiling windows which let in sunlight while also framing the gorgeous views. The architects also gave this cabin a winter garden which is this covered space that can be accessed from the living and dining areas. A large sliding window allows it to be opened up during the summer, seamlessly connecting the indoor and the outdoor spaces.
A large sliding window acts as a divider between the indoor spaces and the garden during the cold seasonthe glazed section of the facade opens the living spaces to the wonderful and panoramic views of the valleyIn a lot of ways, this is a traditional cabin with a few updated detailsThe exterior is clad in dark wooden planks which get their color from a natural treatment involving heatGlass doors and walls divide various sections of the house while maintaining an open and fluid connectionThe ground floor spaces are framed by a wooden deck which emphasizes the extraordinary viewsThe landscape unfolding around the house may not be very dramatic but is very peaceful and quite mesmerizingThe two floors are connected via floating staircase with treads made of wood and suspended with thin metal cables