Villa | Zbraslav u Brna

David Menšík, Radek Prokop, Ondřej Žvak
Ondřej Žvak
Menšík Skrušný
Private client

The architectural task was the design and implementation of a villa for a young family. They bought a nice garden plot near the center of Zbraslav u Brna. It is practically a flat plot on a quiet street, which connects the development of especially detached family houses.

The mass of the villa, based on the module and process connections, consists of four materially identical and intertwining wings. This idea is largely the wish of the investors themselves, who have already come up with an interesting concept working with sunlight and shading of rooms. The first wing is purely utilitary and forms a street facade with a recessed entrance to the house and the entrance to the garage. The second wing forms a common area for the family and includes a living room, dining room, kitchen and entrance to the common atrium. The third, accommodation wing, which has windows mainly to the common atrium, includes children’s bedrooms, a guest room, a master and an auxiliary bathroom, a pantry and workrooms. In the modular system, the wing of the parents’ floor with a bedroom, bathroom, dressing rooms and study is moved in the modular system. Thanks to the displacement, this wing forms a partial shelter above the atrium with a terrace. In addition, the parents’ floor is vertically connected to the main wing at the staircase. It emphasizes the importance of the dining room and living room.

The floor plan is designed with a purely process line, which is intended to simplify life in a villa with a larger floor plan. It is included in the 3.4 m module, which is projected in all design scales. The street façade includes access to a two-car garage as well as an entrance to the vestibule. The entrance to the house is recessed to create a roofed leeward and its effect is enhanced by the soft rounding of the glass opaque wall. This creates the intimate lighting of a small gym. The lee is connected by an entrance hall with a garage, a gym, a utility room, a cloakroom and a room with a washbasin. The visitor of the house gets into the common area, including the living room, illuminated by the glass wall of the atrium, the kitchen illuminated by a strip window above the kitchen unit and the dining room illuminated by the elevated space to the parents’ floor. At the kitchen level, there is a door to the accommodation wing and to the pantry. The accommodation wing includes two children’s bedrooms with separate dressing rooms and a guest room. These rooms are lit by a combination of sash windows and glass doors to the atrium. The arrangement of the openings thus offer an ideal ratio of connection with the common area of ​​the atrium and privacy. In addition to the rooms, the accommodation wing also has a main bathroom, a room with a toilet, an auxiliary bathroom and a workroom connected to the garden. From the living room and dining room, a direct staircase leads to the parents’ floor with a gallery around the elevated dining area. From this corridor, a door leads into two walk-in closets, ending in the master bedroom, and a door to the study. From the bedroom there is a direct entrance to the master bathroom.

Expressively, the house follows the morphology of Czech Modernism with an emphasis on quality materials. These will support and complement the environment in which the villa is located. High-quality natural plaster aligns travertine window strips, completing the linear motifs of the façade. This material range is complemented by wooden windows in a natural shade and plating elements in brass spraying. In terms of construction, it is a simple and durable construction made of ceramic blocks in a unified modular system. The ceilings are made as monolithic reinforced concrete slabs. In the areas where the parents’ floor is consolidated, the load is transferred to the inner load-bearing walls in the accommodation wing of the house and the column in the middle of the glass wall of the common wing.