In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakian member of the panel of judges): “Studio H3T architekti has won renowned for the realisation of small often temporary objects in the public space. The strategy of uncovering the hidden potential of the place through new intervention was followed also with their last installation. The black flying house was situated in the abandon military area on the periphery of the Czech town Pardubice. The wooden archetype of a house was hoovering under the arch of the ruined railway bridge and offering the potential guest the standard of an emergency shelter. In the absurd position and location the trivial form of the object acquired strong social-environmental content. The work was removed according to the demolition warrant after 39 days of existence.”
Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti
BigMat ’17 Honorific Mention For Young Architects
Location: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Office: H3T Architekti
Authors: Vit Šimek, architect, Štěpán Řehoř, architect, Darina Bartková, architect, Martina Kubešová, architect, Tomáš Madro, architect
Collaborators: Robert Krejči (H3T architekti), Tomáš Bařinka (H3T architekti)
Type of work: Public
Suspended under the arch of an old railway bridge, the black flying house attracts attention, entices you to visit and raises questions. It is a small installation composed of a living space with a stove and a sleeping loft. The object is suspended by steel cables. It is accessible via a ladder that has been deliberately hidden from sight. It’s a bit of a conundrum that encourages passersby to think. The formal solution is simple. The resulting picture almost picturesque.
The house is located just 15 minutes walking from the city center of Pardubice. We picked the place after one of our colleagues showed us this unique and mysterious abandoned military area. Over the years, it lost its former use as a military training ground and become derelict. It has a great potential to become an important recreational zone for future generations. Locals are already rediscovering its secrets – strolling through the forest, walking their dogs – even though the area is still owned by the army and is officially closed to the public.
The atmosphere of the surrounding landscape and old bridges inspired us to create an intervention that may surprise visitors and enliven their otherwise stereotypical walk. Subsequently it can provoke more questions – who built it, what’s inside, how to get there. Our project may, in a way, demonstrate the hidden potential of the area. We hoped that our project would give birth to unexpected little stories and interesting experiences. Unfortunately, after 39 days, the house had to be uninstalled.