The picturesque surroundings of Roprachtice, Czech Republic hit you straight to the heart! For those of you who enjoy some time on their own, away from all the negative city vibe, we highly recommend a breezy location where time stops for a while, reminding you to stop as well and stare to the blue sky. Roprachtice House is a project developed by PRODESI, in the middle of a healthy and relaxing environment. The house is guarded on its south by a baroque rectory, the church and the former school and opening up towards the central side of the village.
The house features strong rural accents, wooden beams and an attic that allows the most breathtaking and bohemian views over the Giant Mountains. The attic is designed as an open space, creating an airy atmosphere. Enchanting despite its simplicity, the wooden dwelling is a fairytale place, the shelter that perfect for exploring a different type lifestyle. There is something though, less traditional embedded in the house’s structure: a rectangular wide window, framed in wood, overlooking the village.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.