House LO, designed by Lina Koníček Bellovičová, founder of Ateliér Lina Bellovičová, is a prime example of sustainable architecture. The location, at the edge of a forest in Chřiby, Czech Republic, holds a special meaning for the client, as he used to live for three seasons every year in a nearby cabin, and when he was ready to build, this was the spot he chose, and this was his idea for design.
First off, House LO has an unobtrusive design with a simple rectangular shape nestled close to the woodland with a flat green roof that blends it into nature further. At the suggestion of the client, Lina Koníček Bellovičová used hempcrete for the build.
Hempcrete is an eco-friendly building material with special properties; over the years, as it further solidifies, it draws in carbon dioxide from the surrounding air. In addition, hempcrete walls have excellent insulating properties, are recyclable, and resistant to pests, fire and mold.
House LO is a simple space, with two bedrooms and a bathroom with a sunken concrete bath as well as an open-plan kitchen and dining space. In the cellar you’ll find a darkroom—the owner is a photographer—the technical facilities, a lounge area, and storage spaces. Outside the house is surrounded by a porch that wraps around the house underneath large roof overhangs. This sheltered outdoor space allows for more time outdoors to enjoy the landscape.
In addition, the home has been designed with flexibility in mind: it will act as a family home, then as a summer retreat, and finally a home in which to retire.
It’s green and small and fit right into its surrounding; what more could you want?
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