In a sea of sometimes seemingly indistinguishable and overly quaint tiny homes, this unbelievably pink-skinned micro-home in the Czech Republic stands out as a unique tiny house, equipped with a built-in theater and spaces that are linked via a continuous ramp.
Created by the now-defunct HSH Architekti and situated outside of the southern Czech town of Černín, the rosy Vila Hermina has a small footprint that hides no less than three interconnected levels, totalling of 635 square feet that ramp up into the next. Thus the linked spaces are for circulation, but also for functions like an indoor, mini-ampitheater of sorts where the residents can sit back to watch a movie.
The lowermost level, which is dug into the hillside, contains a continuous wall of shelving and a built-in bunk bed, with a bathroom at the back. All this can be hidden with an extra-long curtain. The ramp from here which leads up to the next level, doubles as a sitting area and features a clever hidden compartment that stores the movie projector and extra seating for cinema nights.
Following the ramp, one comes to the fully-equipped kitchen, which occupies almost the entire wall, plus a small dining area, integrated as part of the ramp.
The next portion of the ramp also functions as a seating area with bean bags, with a view down the hill.
Finally, at the end of this series of ramps is a small mezzanine that holds the master bed and bath, perched above it all.
The concrete bunker style bathrooms aren't our favourite, but they are functional.
But perhaps the most debatable and striking quality of Vila Hermina are those atrociously pink exterior walls, which are actually polyurethane spray foam, done for thermal and water insulation, and painted pink. According to the designers, it's a nod toward their favourite building, the Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau by German functionalist architect Ludwig Leo. We know that spray foam, when used in interiors, can be harmful due to its flammability and chemical composition; however, in this application, it's on the exterior side of the concrete, and does admittedly provide great insular advantages and does fulfill the qualities of "water control, air control, vapor control, and thermal control" needed for the so-called "perfect wall."
This quirky villa, informed by function and most suited for an active family that is happy to walk up and down its green slopes, may be bizarre-looking, but certainly not boring. More over at HSH Architekti and ArchDaily.