Small wooden home sits like a modernist mountain in the countryside

ASGK Design
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Tiny homes that are under 300 square feet aren't for everyone, but there are plenty of people who who gladly consider living in a house measuring around or under a thousand square feet -- as you get some of the benefits of tiny housing, but ample space to raise a larger family and a dog, say.

Built in the eastern part of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic, this intriguingly shaped, wood-clad small home by ASGK Design was inspired by the fanciful imaginings of a little boy who saw his family's home as an arthropod, slouching toward an enormous oak tree on the property.

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Dubbed Zilvar and seen over at Architizer, this small house is built outside of a small village, as an alternative to the busyness of city life. The angles of the roof are oriented to allow for maximum solar gain and for great views over a vast countryside, while the giant oak tree seems to protect this jagged creature of a house.

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The open-plan interior includes a lounge, a lovely modern kitchen, and metal staircases on either side leading up to lofted areas that function as office space and another small lounge. The slopes of the roof are emphasized here, giving the sense of an interior landscape full of interest and adventure, where one can climb up and down, or run around. Huge sliding glass doors connect the inside with the outside patio, and are a way to let the warmth of the sun in during winter. During the summer, solar gain can be lessened by a set of large sliding barn doors.

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ASGK Design© ASGK Design
ASGK Design© ASGK Design
ASGK Design© ASGK Design
ASGK Design© ASGK Design

The designers intended the home to be an energy-efficient concept, through the careful orientation of the building and the use of moveable elements. The walls are built in a way that keeps heat in and moisture out, without the need for a vapor barrier:

Zilvar is designed as a low-energy house; the outer structure is a diffusion-open wall assembly. The larch timber-framed structure (2 by 4) is designed using KVH construction timber profiles. The facade, roof and interior are all made of larch boards; however, the outside wood cladding uses a “burn and stain” technique, for longer–lasting life.

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Situated in a flat landscape, this angular home provides its inhabitants with a bit of interest, both on the inside and out. Built to consume as little energy to heat and cool as possible, its minimalist spaces offer a calm respite, and its all wooden surfaces offer a tactile, rustic feel to an otherwise modern home. To see more, visit Architizer and ASGK Design.

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