• Lake Cabin - Outside
  • Lake Cabin - doors closed

Feilden+Mawson's Prague studio "FAM Architekti" have won the Czech Grand Prix National Architecture Prize for their Lake Cabin in Northern Bohemia. The project was competing against 87 other entries and is one of the smallest buildings to win the award for "Best Czech Building" in its 20 year history.

The award is a competitive exhibition of architectural work completed in the past year, organised by the National Gallery, the Society of Architects and the Czech Chamber of Architects. The competition is open to Czech and international architects, designers and artists for work realised in the Czech Republic.

Design Partner Pavel Nasadil is delighted that the project has been recognised with the prestigious award:

We are tremendously happy that an international jury has awarded this little cabin. It demonstrates that even the smallest projects are worthy of an architect to be engaged. With a dedicated and pursuing client and an inspiring site such as this one, one has to achieve an excellent result.”

The replacement of an old cabin on a lake shore in Northern Bohemia respects the unique natural character of the site and follows the cabin's original outline. The brief of the project was to provide an all year round retreat for the clients' sailing passion, with minimum typology and maximum visual connections to the lake and the surrounding pine forest. The single pitch is a result of internal spatial planning as well as the relationship to the lake – shore axis represented by the mooring pier as a principal access point.

The interior of the cabin is accessible through the large window opening and is designed as a continuous space open to the roof. The tall end includes a sleeping gallery with a compact black box underneath containing minimal kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. The principal wall of the interior forms a deep full length cupboard for storage with a built-in fireplace. The continuity of the interior is enhanced by the brushed timber cladding sealed in white oil finish, which gives it a feeling of a cave-like retreat. The floor is a sand coloured cement screed relating to the sandy ground of the beach around the cabin.

The main focus of the space is on the vast views of the lake and on the relationship of the cabin with its natural surroundings. The exterior larch cladding reflects the verticality of the pine trees. One of the practical issues of the project was safety of the building when not in use. Fixed and folding shutters with identical larch cladding protect the openings and when closed result in a continuous elevation effect.

  • Architects: Feilden+Mawson Prague/ FAM Architekti
  • Address: Doksy, Machovo Lake, Czech Republic
  • Client: Private
  • Planning permit: 2011
  • Construction period: 08/2013 – 08/2014
  • Built in area: 42.5sqm

  • Net internal area: 42.9sqm
  • Cubic volume: 199.8m3
  • Photography: Tomas Balej