Open fire as a pulsating heart of the stone barn
The preserved stone walls were carefully stuccoed and turned into one of the main features of the interior. The walls contrast with a floor made of upcycled bricks. The barn’s original components and some second-hand pieces are complemented by bespoke fittings and locksmith elements - large and classic windows, central lighting, a staircase or kitchen. To add authenticity, we decided to collaborate with craftsmen from the area and chose a local construction company, blacksmith and cabinet maker as our suppliers.
We brought the constant northern light into the interior through transparent tiles in the roof, while the changing southern light penetrates the interior through large-format windows. Thanks to the perforated sliding door, the owner can easily regulate the intensity of sunshine coming in through the windows. Despite a large number of light fixtures, the artificial lighting is mild in intensity and - thanks to individual circuits - easily adjusted to create the desired atmosphere at night. What has once been a swallows’ nest has now become a nest for people, too - a place where families can gather by the fireplace, dine or just chill under the rafters.
architects: Adéla Křížková, Tomáš Kovalčík
location: Pechova Lhota, Czech Republic
year of realization: 2019-2020
photography: Vojtěch Veškrna