olga and václav havel's villa

refurbishment and addition of a private villa

Working for President Havel and his wife was a non-repetitive experience for us. Its origins date back to the time before President Havel started cooperating with designer Bořek Šípek. We had a chance to create a solid structural substance. Bořek Šípek, to whom Vaclav Havel was close, later supervised furnishing and domesticating in the villa. more

The Art Deco style villa was renovated from the foundations up. The reason was the renewal of original construction elements and their nuances, and removal of redundant later additions. The plans also included the design of some of the new built-in furniture, for example, bookshelves. The new built swimming pool in the south-west part of the site is partly recessed into the slope and its simplicity subordinates to the villa. The glazed north facade opens to the garden. The interior serves as a sala terrena with the floor on the level of the outside garden. The sun's rays penetrate through a circular ceiling aperture down to the water level. Ground bores are used to heat the water in the swimming pool. The garden is protected by a boundary wall from rapidly patinating sandstone that will soon be covered with climbing foliage not only on the inner side but also along the entire street frontage.

  • addressDělostřelecká 1
    Praha 6 - Střešovice
  • year1995
  • investorOlga and Václav Havel
  • design teamPetr Burian, Richard Doležal, Jiří Hejda, Petr Malinský, Gabriela Šatrová
  • collaborationfalse
  • photographs/visualizationsPavel Štecha
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