A Modern, 12-Year-Old House in the Czech Republic Gets a New Interior

10.30.17 | By
A Modern, 12-Year-Old House in the Czech Republic Gets a New Interior

In Humpolec, a small town in the Czech Republic, the Rusty House is a project completed by Luděk Rýzner of OK PLAN ARCHITECTS after the owners decided they wanted to renovate the interior after 12 years of living in it. The house was originally built in 2005 on a small plot of land, which required creative solutions to make it work. The original design called for raw materials, like polished concrete floors, an exposed galvanized steel structure, concrete-covered corrugated sheet metal on the ceiling, smooth concrete walls, and an exterior clad in pre-rusted sheet metal (CorTen), for a modern, industrial look that blended in with the neighborhood thanks to the green landscaping. Over time, the owners decided they wanted to scale back on the raw, industrial look a bit on the main floor, while softening other areas throughout.

Due to so many hard and reflective surfaces, the acoustics became a problem that needed to be solved with oak panels, along with new window coverings. The original sofas stayed but were complemented with a pillow in Alexander Girard fabric, a new rug, and an Artemide floor lamp. Hanging above are two sculptural pendants from FLOS.

The dining table was custom designed by OK PLAN ARCHITECTS and paired with Eames chairs.

The fireplace got a new insert for a more modern look.

The old kitchen cabinets were replaced with ones that offered better functionality.

Photography by Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.