Czech architecture studio PRO-STORY has designed the extension of the Double Gable House single-family house, located in Pilsen, a city in the west of the Czech Republic.

The house is part of the only row of semi-detached houses that was preserved in an environment of high-rise buildings in the residential area of Pilsen-Lochotín, generating an island of private gardens in the middle of a dense area, although the majority of these houses are already have undergone expansions.

PRO-STORY architects, in the expansion of the Double Gable House, seek both to satisfy the needs of the family and to provide a contemporary touch to the home. Behind the two gabled roofs, there is a spacious interior, with the floor at different levels, wooden mezzanines and a large open volume in the ceiling.

The part of the program that is located on the ground floor is a children's room, a bathroom and a living room that has access to the garden and is double height with a reading room located on the upper floor. On the next floor, there is another children's room and a master bedroom with a bathroom.

Original elements are maintained as part of the façade that is unified in white and new elements are incorporated, such as wooden windows, fixed or operable, the gable roof with wooden slats, the garden façade and the extension of the entrance. . The windows that are covered with wooden slats illuminate the interior while providing privacy.


Double Gable House by PRO-STORY. Photograph by Petr Polák.

Description of project by PRO-STORY

A single row of old semi-detached family houses remained surrounded by concrete blocks of flats, creating an exceptional private island of gardens inside a high-rise residential area of the Pilsen–Lochotín district. Most of those houses have already been renovated and enlarged by later additions, changing the original scale of this neighbourhood.

The proposed renovation aimed not only to fulfill all the needs of a young family but also to add new volume which does not only enlarge it but creates a new contemporary layer of the house.

The use of two archetypal gabled roofs offers an interesting but modest exterior as well as a spatially diverse generous interior with different floor levels, wooden mezzanines, and open volume of the roof. Windows covered with wooden battens fulfill the intention of bringing as much light to the interior as well as maintaining enough privacy which was a key factor of the design.


Double Gable House by PRO-STORY. Photograph by Petr Polák.

The preserved parts of the house are shown; new parts are not replicas but contemporary elements. Original facade elements are preserved; the plastered facades are unified with white colour. New wooden windows are simple with no divisions, fixed or opening. The new roof gable is clad in impregnated wooden battens as well as a garden facade and new entrance extension which replaced the original extension.

The ground floor consists of a children’s room, bathroom, and large living room with access to the garden created by connecting two rooms. The fact that the room is open to the first floor with an inserted reading room enables it to bring light to the bathroom above. There is a second children’s room and master bedroom with a bathroom on the first floor with access to the mezzanine.

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PRO-STORY. Lead architects.- Tereza Nová, Jiří Zábran.
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2023.
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Pilsen, Czech Republic.
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Joinery.- Jiří Ruml.

Carpentry.- Gasys.

Windows.- Novatec.

Tiles Neocim Plus Décor Fleur Noir N.- Kerion.

Floors.- Forbo.

Heaters.- Viadrus.

Fireplace.-Schiedel.

Doors.- Dorsis.
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PRO-STORY is an architecture and design studio stablished by Jiří Zábran architect and the civil engineering studio by Josef Houška in 2014. The studio focuses on architecture, urban planning, design and engineering activities, from initial designs to construction projects.

Tereza Nová, a collaborator of the studio, after finishing her studies in architecture at FUA TUL in Liberec in 2011, joined forces with Jiří Zábran on several projects presented under the name Zábran Nová Architects. In 2014, she went on maternity leave and recently returned to the PRO-STORY studio to continue her previous collaboration.
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