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House in Kutná Hora by BYRÓ architekti plays with unexpected connections to meld past and present

House in Kutná Hora by BYRÓ architekti plays with unexpected connections to meld past and present

(Alex Shoots Buildings)

Much like a cat, the House in Kutná Hora by BYRÓ architekti has lived multiple lives: first as a medieval house and then as a late 19th-century building that was again reconstructed in the 1970s. Now, it’s a home for a family with three children.

The quaint white house with mint-colored window frames and front door is situated along the cobblestone streets of Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. BYRÓ architekti worked with the family to revive the historic home by peeling back its layers and weaving its various past lives through modern application. “When we were approached by clients for the complete renovation project, the house had essentially lost any authenticity and character, so our task was to restore it,” said the firm in a project description.

At the core of the roughly 4,133-square-feet (384-square-meter) home is a spiral staircase that connects old with the new—literally. The ground floor has the original rugged stone stairs and is met with a new steel staircase that continues from the main floor to the attic. There a skylight allows natural light to seep through the light metal stairs and through to all of the floors. In addition, there are various pockets of glass bulbs and large interior circular glass cutouts along the continuous curved wall of the staircase, taking advantage of natural light opportunities through various rooms of the home.

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