Jan Proksa is a Vienna-based architect with a particular interest in photography and film. He finds this media the biggest inspiration for his architectural practice, which he understands as the creation of images through the spatial understanding of individual spaces.
Presented project, Brick House in Brick Garden, is a private residence, located in a traditional Southern Moravian village in Czech Republic. It was built as an extension of an existing third-generation family home. The challenge was to create a space, that is contemporary, yet still has elements of the local style.
"The building is long and narrow, conforming to the historical shape of the lot. However, I departed from tradition on one point, in terms of structural planning: whereas a typical house would be one elongated L-shaped structure, I decided to detach the existing front-facing house from the new addition,” explained Jan, the architect. The house is organized as a single-floor planning — minimal and open. The main room hosts an open kitchen with a large table, held in calm creamy colors. The simple elegance is emphasized by non-frame sliding window, providing a view on the garden. The interior, together with courtyard form a fluid and unified living space, what is reinforced by the use of locally-sourced brick for both — the tree-lined courtyard and the building's façade. Brick House in Brick Garden is a great example of modest, yet fully-functional living space, that creates a peaceful relation with its surroundings.