“Chameleon House”, a home inspired by nature, by Petr Hajek Architekti

The house designed by the Czech architects is located in a garden by a grassy meadow in Praha-Lipence. Inspired by a chameleon lying in the sun, the house extends the views from the inside of the house into the surrounding trees.

 

© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel

 

This house by Petr Hajek Architekti is located in Praha-Lipence, less than 20 km southwest of the Czech Republic’s capital city, in a quiet area surrounded by the countryside. Taking the natural surroundings as main condition to develop the project, the architects have achieved a single, continuous space that is divided and qualified by the vistas and light conditions of the views outside.

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“Casa no tempo”, a comfortable shelter in the Alentejo by Manuel Aires Mateus

This renovated farmhouse with simple white walls and richly textured surfaces is located in a large estate in which the surrounding landscape is the leading character.

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Aires Mateus’ Casa no Tempo, situated in the Alentejo region, barely one hour from Lisbon.

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

 

A former farmhouse, located in a vast estate with fields and lakes, the house belongs to João and Andreia Rodrigues, who decided to renovate the old building into a minimalistic four-bedroom home after their grandfather’s will to look after the family’s grounds.

The project aims to give the house a higher meaning, trying to connect the family’s generations through the inhabitation of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

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