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The Oaks

Following an international design competition JPA were selected as part of a group of architects that include Richard Meier, John Pawson and Eva Jiricna 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 was based on a stone wall that defended 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 that also contains a guest suite.

The house is oriented roughly east–west so that 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.

Externally, we complement the simple forms of the house with a restrained material palette of rubble walls, off-white render (with two panels in an ochre colour in a reference to local farmsteads), timber and red copper roofs that echo the prevalent orange red tiled roofs of the local vernacular.

Cigler Marani act as executive architects for this project in Prague.

Client Arendon Development Company a.s.
Status Construction
Contract value £1m
GIA m2 655 m2
Landscape architect EDSA, Florida
M&E Consultant Doug King Consulting
Masterplan / Urban design consultant EDSA, Florida
Project Architect Adam Jundi
Photography © nu.ma
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