Two-Storey Gray Cabin On A Beautiful Mountain Ridge

Perched on a mountain ridge at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level, this cabin in the Ore Mountains of the Czech Republic has a lot of character and stands out while at the same time blending into the surroundings quite well, a rather unusual and intriguing combo which Stempel & Tesar Architects worked hard to achieve.

A big portion of the back facade is made of glass which actually doesn't expose it to the elements that much but definitely maximizes the viewsView in gallery
A big portion of the back facade is made of glass which actually doesn’t expose it to the elements that much but definitely maximizes the views

The cabin’s traditional design and simple form are complemented by large expanses of glass which open up the interior spaces to the panoramic views without compromising the building’s insulation. In fact, this is a building which requires very little energy in spite of the extreme conditions it faces.

The gabled roof and gray exterior helps the house to blend in and to maintain a traditional appearanceView in gallery
The gabled roof and gray exterior helps the house to blend in and to maintain a traditional appearance
Although it has cozy cabin-like look, this is actually a fairly big two-story houseView in gallery
Although it has cozy cabin-like look, this is actually a fairly big two-story house
A two-car garage partially conceals almost half of the front facadeView in gallery
A two-car garage partially conceals almost half of the front facade
The gray exterior gives the house a subtle modern vibe while keeping the overall design simpleView in gallery
The gray exterior gives the house a subtle modern vibe while keeping the overall design simple

The internal spaces are organized on two floors, under a gabled roof which ensures a very warm and cozy ambiance upstairs. The common areas share the ground floor and feature floor-to-ceiling windows which let in sunlight while also framing the gorgeous views. The architects also gave this cabin a winter garden which is this covered space that can be accessed from the living and dining areas. A large sliding window allows it to be opened up during the summer, seamlessly connecting the indoor and the outdoor spaces.

A large sliding window acts as a divider between the indoor spaces and the garden during the cold seasonView in gallery
A large sliding window acts as a divider between the indoor spaces and the garden during the cold season
the glazed section of the facade opens the living spaces to the wonderful and panoramic views of the valleyView in gallery
the glazed section of the facade opens the living spaces to the wonderful and panoramic views of the valley
In a lot of ways, this is a traditional cabin with a few updated detailsView in gallery
In a lot of ways, this is a traditional cabin with a few updated details
The exterior is clad in dark wooden planks which get their color from a natural treatment involving heatView in gallery
The exterior is clad in dark wooden planks which get their color from a natural treatment involving heat
Glass doors and walls divide various sections of the house while maintaining an open and fluid connectionView in gallery
Glass doors and walls divide various sections of the house while maintaining an open and fluid connection
The ground floor spaces are framed by a wooden deck which emphasizes the extraordinary viewsView in gallery
The ground floor spaces are framed by a wooden deck which emphasizes the extraordinary views
The landscape unfolding around the house may not be very dramatic but is very peaceful and quite mesmerizingView in gallery
The landscape unfolding around the house may not be very dramatic but is very peaceful and quite mesmerizing
The two floors are connected via floating staircase with treads made of wood and suspended with thin metal cablesView in gallery
The two floors are connected via floating staircase with treads made of wood and suspended with thin metal cables