Location: Liberec, Czech Republic
Photo: Alexandra Timpau
This is a story about the housing of the future, which was to be designed around the main production modules known as SIP (Structural Isolated Panel). The Zen houses are designed by Petr Stolin Architekt and is located in Liberec, Czech Republic. The philosophy of the SIP houses is based on the absolute simplification of the housing definitions and development. The perimeter of the houses defines the inner space, which is completely freed from all the attributes of the classical house. As for the appearance, two volumes define three external residential areas — public, semi-public and private.
The severity and simplicity of the architectural structure of the Zen houses was inspired by modern Japanese architecture. The experimental nature of the two houses — one office, another residence — was the conceptual starting points for the project. The willful rigor of the achieved forms brings new life qualities into the environment, built in such a simple and modest way.
Due to the structure of the site, the orientation of the building and the large openings to the strategic views, the neighboring landscape is always accessible and facing the houses. Although the internal width is only 3 meters wide, the spaces do not seem to be confined and closed as they merge and flow in the direction of the perspective, with well-balanced proportions, which allows for a unique spatial experience. Residents can maintain mutual visual contact between houses, and the courtyard becomes an additional outdoor space.