A HOUSE AS A SOURCE OF WONDERFUL OBJECTS
WRITTEN BY PETR VOLF
Things are born and happen. They have their own life which is often surprising. They have their own soul, which is often amazing and enduring. They have their own stories which are worthy of notice. Their beauty grows up suddenly and unexpectedly but then, they have even a stronger effect on the surroundings in which they are embedded.
At first, there came into existence the house designed for Petr Novak by Danila Polubedovova on the periphery of town. It is considered one of the most remarkable ones which came into existence in the 21st century. It did not happen by coincidence. It grew up on a heart floor plan in close connection with grass, bushes, trees and stones, on the place where the garden merges into the forest without noticing their boundaries. It looks like it has been there for ages. Even at the time of construction, its fine pulse was heard. Those who visit it mention the flow of positive energy that relaxes and purifies. It has no right angles, it is permeated with natural light and softness of shapes, colours and materials.
This exceptional house is used for delightful living and at the same time, it is a source of noteworthy subjects coming from the atmosphere of the place and the character of the building. However, they mostly illustrate a harmony between an architect and builder without which such a miracle could not happen. The wardrobe handles, staircase railing, the pulleys in the bathroom or the legs supporting the table tops were hand-cast according to the twigs, wooden logs or leaves or ferns which Daniela transformed artistically and Petr then made them of aluminium, brass or steel in a unique way. He used ingenious and the most modern technologies such as three-dimension modelling and print and also sand mould casting. They started living their own life and became a part of the Zlesart collection They do not draw attention to themselves, they are charming in their obviousness and unobtrusiveness, they are fragile and not obtrusive.
These are works of art that go beyond their utility function. These are the things that turn the everyday into a festive event: you just have to touch them.
The current owner of Novak Model Workshop, which produces model equipment for the foundry industry and inspection jigs for the automotive industry. Using his interest in architecture and knowledge of various technologies, he turned branches, twigs and leaves selected by his family into the ZLESART project.
"A versatile architect who is not only a master of creating large buildings and smaller scale structures such as family houses but she can also design in the same way interiors, give a shape to individual things or exhibitions. This universality resulting from her talent and education is very precious at a time of greater specialization in the architectural profession. It also means a competitive advantage. This enables her to have a comprehensive approach in the harmony of different creative fields: thanks to this architecture goes beyond the limits of utility and becomes art.”
Petr Volf, architecture critic, writer.