Beauty Hidden In A Vineyard

ÚVALY IS A SMALL FORGOTTEN VILLAGE IN THE SOUTH OF BOHEMIA. THE DESOLATE TOWN HOWEVER HIDES A QUIET GEM IN ITS CENTRE. THE ARCHITECTONIC STUDIO ORA, BASED IN ZNOJMO, RENOVATED A RELIC OF THE COMMUNIST ERA - A TINY DETACHED HOUSE NEAR THE CHURCH. 

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Besides vineyards and gardens, there is nothing much left in Úvaly. The house cowers in a shadow of the local landmark, and should therefore respect the features and visual dominance of the nearby church. The goal of the reconstruction was to complete and cultivate the building while embracing its simplicity and unique location.

The architects strived to connect the interior and exterior in an organic, seamless way. The windows are placed all over the facade in order to evoke symmetry and fully utilize one of the house's biggest benefits: the sunlight.

According to ORA, the renovation was inspired by the Italian wine houses. The kitchen with its big windows has a potential to become an integrated part of the garden, as the house is meant to be inhabited in the summer. There is also a direct entrance to the wine cellar on the ground floor. 

The interior follows the guidelines of the original floor plan. The rooms on the first floor of the house have an access to the wooden terrace with a view over the vineyards. The purity of the lines and materials corresponds with the overall minimalism - an architectonic trait of the original building, which needed to be re-discovered after the years of solitude.  

  

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Words: Kristýna Svobodová | Photos: ORA Archives