In the sunshine it glistens like a marble. From the front, an inconspicuous cabin, one of the last ones before you arrive at Jizerka. But the other side of the building reveals that something extraordinary has transpired here. Behind the curtain of the original cabin, a glittering glass extension has sprung up and the house is ripe for the next act of its play.
▼项目概览，overall view of the project © BoysPlayNice
▼雪地里的小木屋，cabin in the snow © BoysPlayNice
▼远观小木屋后侧的玻璃扩建体，viewing the glass extension at the back of the cabin © BoysPlayNice
The cabin has stood here, in a meadow in the Jizera Mountains, for over a hundred years. The world around it has changed since it was built from the timber and granite of the surrounding forests. Two world wars had swept through Europe, the Czech Republic through the dark period of communism and the frenzied post-revolution years. Humanity had managed to land on the moon, which today continues to shine over the meadow behind the cabin as if nothing had happened. Even the mushrooms in the forest behind the house are still growing and the birds are chirping like mad in the mornings. The world has become faster and more connected, but some things remain the same.
▼正立面，front facade © BoysPlayNice
▼背立面，back facade © BoysPlayNice
The mornings here are beautiful. Dewdrops glisten on cobwebs in the clearing outside the windows, and the cold kitchen floor welcomes the early birds in the sitting room. Wood cracks in the fire, tea brews on the stove. We refurbished the house with the future in mind, but at the same time, we didn’t feel like letting go of all the wonderful, wild and unwieldy aspects of its past. It was essential that we didn’t strip the cabin of its intangible soul, the fragrance of the timber and the stark chill of the granite blocks. We kept what we could. What remained, we’ve complemented with a new quality that doesn’t seek to compete with the past.
▼远观小木屋与桑拿房，viewing the cabin and sauna at distance © BoysPlayNice
▼小木屋夜景，night view of the cabin © BoysPlayNice
▼侧立面，side facade © BoysPlayNice
▼桑拿房夜景，night view of the sauna © BoysPlayNice
The oven and the stove in the sitting room became the heart of the cabin’s layout. Walking around the chimney is like spinning a time machine back and forth between the past and the future. It takes a second to go through a century. I zip through the old sitting room, slide past the staircase to the first floor, slam the door, and I’m in the living space that was built in place of the original shed. It’s a spectacle. A lightweight transparent structure filled with glass panes defines a slightly sunken spacious living room that combines a modern kitchen and plenty of free space. The rather unusual layout captivates with a multitude of vibes and atmospheres. The glossy brass-clad ceiling reflects each shift in the outdoor ambience. From the kitchen, I climb a few more steps and I’m back in that old familiar Jizera cabin.
▼扩建部分中的起居室，new living area in the glass extension © BoysPlayNice
▼下沉式起居空间，the sunken living room © BoysPlayNice
The downstairs area has been fitted out with the essentials that are part of any cabin. The stone bathroom built between the original walls is a cleansing machine. The water from the showers hits the concrete islets and vanishes below the perforated floor grating. White steam is condensating on the stones, over which the spring waters of the nearby Jizera River may once have flowed.
▼原客厅被改造为餐厅，dining area in the old living room © BoysPlayNice
▼由餐厅看室外环境，viewing outside from the dining table © BoysPlayNice
▼由餐厅看备餐台，viewing the prepare area from the dining table © BoysPlayNice
▼与楼梯结合的厨房中岛，kitchen island embedded in the steps © BoysPlayNice
▼台阶细部，detail of the steps © BoysPlayNice
▼通往上层的金属楼梯，metal staircase leading to the upper floor © BoysPlayNice
From the entrance corridor we climb to the first floor on subtle steel stairs past a round skylight that illuminates the entire space. The old beams smell of history and above is the original thatched roof, which we managed to preserve. It offers a glimpse of what the house looked like before we took over. Where the planks of the original floor could not be salvaged, there is now glass floor. The glazed elements replacing the decayed wood link the interior space into a surprising ensemble and provide unexpected views through the house. The upper floor is dedicated to slumber. Four bedrooms offer the snoozers a wide range of experiences. The glass-walled master bedroom is a charmer. At night, in the hours when the house falls silent and you’re drifting into a dream, it becomes the captain’s bridge. The round skylight shines like the moon over the sea, and the sailors in bed have the whole ocean of the interior at their fingertips.
▼二层入口，entrance of the upper floor © BoysPlayNice
▼二层楼板采用玻璃，new glass floor © BoysPlayNice
▼玻璃地板带来新奇视角，glass floors bring novel perspectives © BoysPlayNice
▼主卧室，master bedroom © BoysPlayNice
▼圆形天窗，round skylight © BoysPlayNice
The large children’s bedroom is also a playroom, where all the children’s activities can be moved, should the weather outside turn rough. If there’s any place for mischief, it’s here. For the other two bedrooms, the classic rooms of the mountain cabin have been reimagined. They’re the kind of places where the sun tickles you in the morning and you say: “God, it’s so good to sleep here!”
▼可作为游戏室的儿童房，children’s room that can be used as playroom © BoysPlayNice
We furnished the interior in a subtle way. It concludes the overall philosophy of our approach to the refurbishment. We didn’t want to forcefully place pieces of global design into the house. Most of the new equipment consists of original furniture and accessories that we designed ourselves. They reflect the quality of the handmade work of the craftsmen from the Jizera Mountains who still live and work here. The new pieces are complemented with old furniture lovingly selected by the clients themselves.
▼主卧室入口，entrance of the master bedroom © BoysPlayNice
▼卧室，bedroom © BoysPlayNice
▼卧室细部，details of the bedroom © BoysPlayNice
An almost invisible sauna was added not far from the cabin. It is patiently waiting to soothe the bodies tired from a day of cross-country skiing. An inconspicuous concrete beauty set into the ground looks out over the clearing behind the house. Diving into the snow is allowed!
▼夜景，night views © BoysPlayNice
▼场地平面图，site plan ©Mjölk architekti
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan ©Mjölk architekti
▼二层平面图，upper floor plan ©Mjölk architekti
▼立面图，elevations ©Mjölk architekti
▼剖面图，sections ©Mjölk architekti
Studio: Mjölk architekti
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Social media: http://www.instagram.com/mjolk_architekti/
Studio address: Železná 830/ 12A, 460 01 Liberec, Czech Republic
Project location: Polubný, Kořenov, Liberecký kraj
Project country: Czech Republic
Project year: 2018
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 189 m²
Gross Floor Area: 239 m²
Usable Floor Area: 121 m²
Plot size: 3364 m²
Dimensions: 754 m3
Photographer: BoysPlayNice, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.boysplaynice.com/
General contractor: Aron house, http://www.aronhouse.cz/
Interior supplier: Sollus nábytek, http://www.sollus.cz/
The original cottage
Sensitively renovated: Replacement and addition of wooden structural elements, new lining of the perimeter walls with Nordic larch, new shingle
Steel structure on monolithic concrete base, cladding with large-format frameless glazing.
Visible concrete floor and soffit of extension, brass soffit, brass cladding steel columns, sloping glass floors in attic. Kitchen and furniture by Sollus, oak wood, brass construction and black matt compact board. Atypical lights designed by Mjölk made of brass by the Dekorax metal-printing workshop.
Products and Brands
windows Rand & Noframe — Janošík okna-dveře\http://www.janosik.cz/
furniture — Sollus nábytek\http://www.sollus.cz/
tiled stoves — DTILE\http://www.dtile.info/
atypical lights — design Mjölk, realisation Dekorax\http://www.dekorax.com/