JAN šéPKA DESIGNS A HOUSE THAT SITS ON A SINGLE CONCRETE PILLAR
Jan Sépka has constructed an unconventionally shaped dwelling that appears to hover above the ground. ‘House in the orchard’ is surrounded by six fully grown trees on a sloping plot that overlooks the valley below. Through both its scale and overall character, the three-storey family residence seeks to blend into its natural setting. The house is entered via a steel footbridge that takes into account the plot’s change in elevation. Sépka placed the property’s main living area at ground level, where a secluded double-height space maximises external views. A kitchen, a bedroom, and washroom facilities are also found on this storey. Access to the next above is from a staircase that leads from the living room to the master bedroom above. A private office is contained within the uppermost storey, with a floor-to-ceiling window providing daylight and views. Designed as a wooden house that sits on a single concrete support, the scheme’s complex timber frame was entirely prepared on computer. Before work began on site, beams were precision-cut using a 3D milling machine — resulting in an easier and more efficient construction schedule. In order to assure the home’s structural stability, its irregular shape has been divided into planar triangles. Externally, the building has been insulated with polyurethane and protected from the elements with a waterproof spray.