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This Bizarre Looking Spaceship House in Prague will Blow Your Mind

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 19 January 2017
More like a spaceship that’s landed in the countryside than a house, this incredible property was designed by Czech architect Jan Šépka for an old friend. The unusual family house is smack bang in the middle of an orchard on the outskirts of Prague.
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Co-founder of the internationally acclaimed studio HŠH, Šépka was predominantly influenced by the valley views, steep incline and the beautiful trees that surround the house, which dictated the design of the building.

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Like a mushroom sprouting from the earth, this organic structure sits on a single stalk, which might appear whimsical but it is actually a practical solution. Elevating the house on the concrete pillar saved a large chunk of the budget, as more conventional foundations would have been more costly and problematic.

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The unusual shape was a structural decision, both to stabilise the timber frame but also to allow for the placement of birch plywood boards, dividing the house into various triangular spaces.

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The three-storey, 80 m² (861 ft²) structure was simply assembled on site, covered in plywood sheets that were then sprayed with a layer of polyurethane and covered with a grey, waterproof skin, resembling a rock in the landscape.

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The living room, which takes up most of the ground floor, has spectacular views towards the valley of the Brook Rokytka. A ladder-like staircase leads to the second and third-floor bedrooms and bathrooms, with a study on the top floor. A large skylight in this room provides much-needed daylight from the south to all the levels below.

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Custom-made plywood furniture designed by Šépka also complements the exposed timber internally. The project took around five years to complete and isn’t the first of Šépka’s more unusual designs – he’s designed quite a few one-off homes, including ‘House Under A Lid’ and ‘New Kežmarok Cottage’.

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