JPA were selected as one of seven British architects to work on The Oaks, a €400 million, 220-home development on the outskirts of Prague in the Czech Republic. Our concept for the first of a range of villas is based on a stone wall that defends the site on the public edges, with a simple linear house nestling against the wall, set beneath a red copper roof. The enclosing wall is highly articulated and breaks to form an inviting entrance courtyard, flanked by a second, smaller, garage building which also contains a guest suite. The house is oriented roughly east–west and so all the open plan spaces enjoy views southwards across the golf course and hills beyond. Externally a delicate awning structure provides solar shading to the south-facing rooms, and this expands outside the dining space into a covered al-fresco dining area complete with barbecue. The house has a total net internal area of 621M2. Cigler Marani, Prague are executive architects for this project.