Lake Cabin in Doksy, Czech Republic

Lake Cabin in Doksy, Czech Republic Weekend Residence, Residential Architecture

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Weekend Residence Development, Czech Republic – design by FAM Architekti

updated 31 Aug 2016 with photos ; 19 Mar 2015

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Design: FAM Architekti

Location: Doksy, Machovo Lake, Czech Republic

The Lake Cabin is located on the shore of Machovo Lake in Northern Bohemia and it replaces an older cabin which had been prefabricated here in the 1970s from panels containing asbestos. The older structure was outlived and had to be disassembled.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Lake Cabin In Doksy

The new structure cohabits with the solitary woodland site facing a small sandy beach alcove. Its footprint follows the cabin’s original footprint without taking up new land. Existing pine densely scattered around the building had been retained and provide natural cover and solar shading. The principal access is via water and a sailing boat.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The brief was for an all year retreat for the client’s sailing, with minimum typology and maximum visual connections to the exterior. The overall simplicity is the result of design research for essential typological principles underlining pure connection between outside and inside. The form of the building with its single pitch is a result of internal spatial planning as well as relationship to the Lake – Shore principal access route by sailing boat.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The interior of the cabin is accessible through the large window and is designed as a continuous space open to the roof. The tall end includes a sleeping gallery with a compact black box below containing kitchen, toilet and shower facilities.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The principle wall of the interior is a deep cupboard for storage with a built in fire place. The continuity of the interior is enhanced by the unifying jangled timber cladding sealed in white oil finish, which gives it a feeling of a cave.

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The floor is a sand coloured cement screed relating to the sandy ground of the beach around the cabin.The choice of lightweight materials developed from initial concept of the cabin as a container or a piece of furniture replacing the old structure in sensitive natural environment. The construction is timber frame factory pre-cut and asembled on site within a short time span. The insulated external walls are clad with fibreboard ensuring additional insulation and heat accumulation.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The facade is clad with untreated larch battens reflecting the verticality of the pine trees around. One of the practical issues of the project was safety of the solitary building when not in use. Fixed and folding shutters with identical larch cladding protect the openings and when closed result in a continuous elevation effect.The folding shutter provides additional shading against the sun reflecting from water.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The idea of a floating object easily removable without leaving huge trace in the unique landscape was hugely important. A sand rock 0.5m below ground allowed steel ground screws to be used for foundations without any wet technologies.

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Lake Cabin in Doksy

The new structure was raised to reconstitute the lost ground below which was previously taken up by concrete foundations. The principal heating source is a wood fire place with additional underfloor electric heating that can be activated by a text message. The lower cost of the timber was a benefit allowing the use of finer materials and quality local craftsmanship.

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Lake Cabin in Doksy – Building Information

Architects: FAM Architekti
Location: Doksy, Machovo Lake, Czech Republic
Type Of Project: Residential
Structural Engineers: Vittore, s.r.o.
Project Architect: Pavel Nasadil – FAM Architekti
Design Team: Pavel Nasadil, Jan Horky, Ondrej Freudl
Client: Private
Funding: Private
Tender date: 04/2012
Start on site date: 08/2013
Contract duration: 1 year, end 08/2014
Gross internal floor area: 42.9sqm
Qubic volume: 199.8m3
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional
Total cost: undisclosed
M&e consultant: Milan Mastalka, Zdenek Slavik, Vratislav Bilek
Quantity surveyor: Jiri Sedlacek – Propos
Lighting consultant: Profilighting, s.r.o.
Main contractor: Vittore, s.r.o.
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Bernt Interiery, Zamecnictvi Tocimon
Heat Loss: 2.7kW

Lake Cabin in Doksy

Photographs: Tomas Balej

Lake Cabin in Doksy images / information from FAM Architekti


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