We imagine the new administrative centre for the Forests of the Czech Republic as a villa in the woods. A highly effective concentration in the form of a solitary volume with a circular footprint makes the rest of the area free for gradual afforestation. The cylindrical shape also allows for maximum contact with the surroundings, giving each office cell an unobstructed view of the woods. Various types of shared spaces for employees emerge in parts where the radial envelope and the orthogonal atrium of the building meet each other.
Hradec Králové(CZ), competition 2016
administrative centre, 13 900 m²
The proposed collonade serves as a key organizational frame of the design. By circumscribing the existing outdoor pools it divides the area into the central bathing zone and peripheral parts for leisure and sport activities. The new swimming hall with wellness facilities, the entrance hall and objects of additional programme are attached to the outer side of the collonade.
Nitra(SK), competition – 2nd prize 2016
redevelopment of an existing outdoor swimming pool,
swimming hall, wellness, 15 000 m²
The programme of a family house is divided into two concentric parts. The inner part is comprised of basic dwelling components (living room, dining room, bedrooms) and laid out on a Palladian 3x3 grid with a spatially accented dining room in its centre. The outer part consisting of the additional programme (garage, pool, patios, storages) creates an in-between space – neither a house, nor a garden.
Bernolákovo(SK), 2011 – 2016
single family house, 300 m²
photo: Daniela Dostálková
The aim of the proposal is to establish a coherent urban artifact of cultural facilities in the redeveloping harbour area south of Kristiansand. The elements of these facilities are imagined as distinctive forms, yet forming an urban entity. The existing grain silo is reprogrammed as a gallery for modern art with an extension wing of new exhibition floors, together framing a square. A culture school building is placed in this square as a separate element.
Kristiansand(NO), competition 2016
redevelopment of the harbour into a cultural area, 22 000 m2
The idea of the future extension of the cemetery is built upon a system of two spatial elements – the corridor and the courtyard. Corridors are defined by columbarium walls of a very strict architectural vocabulary that secures the formal coherence of the project. Courtyards, on the other hand, offer very specific contents which provides each of them with a distinct atmosphere.
Prague(CZ), competition 2016
extension of an existing cemetery, 7 000 m²
A set of specific architectural figures is deployed to structure the competition area. Through their characteristic form and scale they provide a unique spatial quality and create a distinctive moment in the city. They represent mostly public investments and they are perceived as permanent key elements of the city formation. On the contrary, the fill of the generic urban field is less strict and it is comprised of various block types and their mutations within one street grid. The aim of the proposal is to maintain the specific character of the parts of the competition site through individual figures and at the same time to allow for a more spontaneous development within the limits of the abstract urban grid of the fill.
Brno(CZ), competition 2015
development of the city centre
The main focus of the proposal is to intensify an existing typologically rich urban block and to clearly define its spatial characteristics. The idea is explicit in its form. Respective adaptability and possibility of development in stages is achieved by setting up clearly defined volumes and by rearranging the existing building stock. A transverse rupture of the block allows pedestrians to enter the public courtyard at the point where two cultural institutions meet in one shared area.
Žilina(SK), competition – 1st prize 2015, ongoing
renewal of a city block – housing, offices, civic amenities, 12 000 m²
The one-on-one interview with the architect Vladimír Dedeček explaining his working methods is accompanied by a display of his sketches. The aim is more to create the environment than an installation: a room dissected in halves. Within the open-space exposition area, it enhances the intimacy for a more immediate experience.
Bratislava Design Week, Bratislava(SK), exhibition concept and design 2014
with Ľubica Segečová
curated by Peter Szalay, video by Peter Kudlička
photo: Ivana Čobejová
A family house with a studio for a photographer lies in a fruit orchard. Simple arrangement of the whole programme in one dimension allows for a generous spatial experience – a linear sequence of gradually changing volume, views and light conditions. A vault-shaped loggia provides the entrance to the house and divides the parts for living and working.
Kittsee(AT), 2012 – ongoing
family house with a studio for a photographer, 330 m²
A house for elderly people is imagined as a formally clear yet very facetted and diverse spatial organism. Spaces are structured gradually according to various levels of collectivity. From the most private “cells”, through large corridors, culminating in the generous courtyard winter garden. A portico at the ground floor entrance generates the programmatic and spatial overlap with the surroundings.
Litomyšl(CZ), competition – Honorable mention 2014
60 new dwelling units for the elderly, 3 500 m²
In an attempt to fit in an extremely small plot of only 105 m² a house is partly sunk in the ground. The monolithic form of the exposed part of the house takes part in the existing roofscape. Its volume culminates in a rooftop terrace that compensates for the absence of a garden at the ground level.
Devín(SK), concept 2013 – 2014
single family house, 85 m²
In 2011 a unique public initiative was formed. Its aim is to gradually revitalize and transform the neglected neologic synagogue, designed by Peter Behrens, built in 1931, into a contemporary exhibition space. The main ambition is to achieve a dialectic relationship between the exceptional heritage and its new contents. The generous central space of the building is boldly divided horizontally into two chromatically different parts becoming a "half-white" gallery. The lower half will provide a neutral background for exhibitions while the upper half will be restored to the colour and texture scheme of the original synagogue. The exhibition architecture will change seasonally, each time radically altering the character of the exhibition space.
Žilina(SK), 2011 – ongoing
renewal and transformation of a neologic synagogue, 1 800 m2
photo: Dalibor Adamus(1,3), Marek Jančúch(2)
more info at New Synagogue website
The curatorial ambition for the 3–year exposition of Gothic and Baroque is to abandon the traditional display in chronological order in favour of presenting the collection in six thematic sections. To make it clear the exhibition is conceived as a set of different rooms within one exposition. The exhibits are concentrated into distinct environments in a depository-like manner. This way a specific theatrical experience is achieved.
Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava(SK), exhibition design 2014
curated by Dušan Buran and Katarína Chmelinová
with Igor Marko and Aleš Šedivec
photo: Daniela Dostálková
Currently, the Smiřických Square is rather a vast open space around the church within the structure of the town, with an uncertain identity, being too overgrown to be a town square and at the same time too sparse to be a park. The aim is to build upon these contradictory tendencies and formally and clearly define both of them. New elements – two concrete planes – are used to delimit what is a new square while the rest will grow gradually to become a dense park.
Kostelec nad Černými lesy(CZ), competition entry – 1st prize 2013
rethinking of a town square/park
An exhibition focused on the postwar examples of modern architecture in Slovakia is presented through photographs of their current state and a series of videos from the period of their origin. A continuous strip of photograph prints circumscribes a circular room for the video installation within it.
Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Bratislava(SK), exhibition design 2012
photo: Ján Triaška(1), Martin Jančok(2), Dagmar Slámová(3)
Archizines is a travelling exhibition of magazines on architecture curated by Elias Redstone. Our aim is not only to present the collection as a whole but also to create a temporary platform for an architectural discourse – a forum. The exhibition is therefore complemented by discussions and lectures on broadcasting architecture. The exhibition design introduces two crucial elements – a table and a plinth. The former accumulates all the exhibited content at once while the latter supports the exhibition's presence by anchoring it in the rather vast foyer of the Faculty of Architecture.
Faculty of Architecture, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava(SK)
exhibition concept and design, 2012
with Ľubica Segečová
photo: Peter Sit(1), Martin Jančok(2,3)
The aim of the project is to construct an architectural framework to host diverse cultural programmes for two summer seasons in the courtyard of the Slovak National Gallery. The result generates a specific spatial condition, it determines the central area surrounded by a border of cells made of 4x4x4 meters scaffolding to contain various activities. The pavilion itself is an object of ambivalent presence – monumental in its scale but at the same time almost invisibly subtle.
Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava(SK), installed 2011, uninstalled 2013
photo: Daniela Dostálková(1–3), Filip Vančo(4)
The second skin wrapping the perimeter of the gallery of contemporary art design contains storages and movable objects that allow for numerous spatial configurations. The proposal doesn’t aim at a fixed design solution but is conceived as an open system which crucially depends on an active involvement of the gallery space occupant.
Bratislava(SK), built 2012
art design gallery interior design, 80m2
photo: Boris Meluš(1,3), Paťo Safko(2)
A unique sequence of vast islands on the Dneper river in the centre of Kiev is slowly taken by the city and its activities. Our aim is to preserve and enhance the dialectics between the city and nature based on their proximity as well as on the contrast between them. Areas already occupied by human activities are circumscribed with new boundaries. Artificial water channels become the framing elements for the future development of Kiev Islands.
Kiev(UA), competition entry 2011
with N/A and Labak
The interior of a small bookshop with a coffee bar is also a place for concerts, readings, projections and lectures. A checkout is placed next to the entrance while a coffee bar is situated on the opposite side on an existing elevated gallery. Both levels are connected with cascades which serve as an auditorium during collateral events and allow customers to sit and read through regular opening hours. The bookshelves are pushed aside. A monumental effect is achieved to support the public attitude of the bookshop.
Bratislava(SK), built 2010, dismantled 2012
bookshop and coffee bar interior design, 200 m2
photo: Martin Jančok(1,2,4), Šymon Kliman(3,5), Aleš Šedivec(6)
This research/design project searches for a common urban prototype for two mid—scale European cities: Košice (Slovakia) and Mechelen (Belgium). Architecture serves here as a border demarcating the necessary large–scale open public space in the city. What is behind the wall is left to the spontaneous development. The proposal attempts to reestablish a dialogue between private and public, built and vacant. The programme was curated by the Berlage Institute – CARD.
Košice(SK) and Mechelen(BE), project 2009 — 2010
client: Berlage Institute – CARD
with zerozero and Totalstudio
A single family house is conceived as a compact monolith with its longitudinal section laid out as a 3x3 grid. The pivotal element of the house — the winter garden – exposes the house transversely. This allows to enjoy different light conditions throughout all day. During the summer the winter garden opens to become a loggia.
Bratislava(SK), concept 2009
single family house, 300 m²
The key to the revitalization of the centre of a small town lies in its spatial redefinition. Instead of searching for a way to create a representative central square the aim is to introduce a more intensive structure with a patchwork of various public spaces and streets. Concentration is a direct counter-act to the current fragmented character of the area.
Ajka(HU), competition entry – Winner 2009
urban renewal, 12 000 m²