Bogle Architects has designed a luxury residential complex near to the Divoka Sarka nature reserve in the historic city of Prague, in the Czech Republic.
The Šárecký Dvur site – originally a courtyard to an historic manor dating from the 1430s – has been transformed into a distinctive residential enclave, bounded by high stone walls.
Within the grounds of the original manor house, Bogle Architects has designed five new ‘villas’ accommodating 59 luxury residential units for developer Crestyl.
The villas are arranged around a landscaped courtyard and provide a contemporary counterpoint to the existing baroque building – refurbished by the practice.
Benefiting from an integrated landscape design that creates a tranquil setting, the new villas are carefully positioned amongst the restored farmstead buildings to maximise views of the area while still maintaining a sense of seclusion and privacy.
The villas have also received a ‘B’ classification for energy efficiency, and have been designed to use rainwater collected from the roofs for plant watering, encouraging a sustainable green space.
The villas’ side walls are covered in matt-finished terracotta panels which reference the historical texture of the old buildings, while the principal façades are fully glazed to maximise views out over the central courtyard space as well as sunlight penetration into the living spaces and balconies.
Simon Johnson, chief operating officer at Crestyl, said: "We’re delighted with Šárecký Dvur, a leading example of residential design that combines both modern and listed buildings."
The complex sports and leisure facilities, including tennis courts, a fitness club and a golf club, as well as underground parking.
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