The Chestnut House marks the first project by architecture studio Valarch and it’s located between Kopřivnice and Štramberk in the Czech Republic. The house was built on a small plot of land with an old chestnut tree growing front and center, hence its name.
Inspired by a green-shelled chestnut cracking open, the house boasts a dark brown exterior, complementing the lush greenery surrounding it. They used raw, untreated wood that’s burnt on the surface to get its dark coloring.
The residence comprises two structures under a shared roof, the larger one housing the main living areas and the smaller used for all the technical equipment.
The interior benefits from an angled roof which allows for tall ceilings and clerestory windows that fill the space with natural light. The extra space also makes way for a guest loft above the kitchen.
The architects locally sourced the wood and kept the materials simple on the inside using full sheets of plywood for walls and ceilings.
Photography by Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice.