House in a House by PLURAL; Slovakia

The family house is located in a stabilized area of detached houses and garden plots. Set back from the street, it has the same position as a former garden house. This provides certain intimacy and isolation. The central situation of the house splits the plot into the front and rear garden. While the front garden is conceived as lush, informal vegetation, the rear garden hidden behind the house has a more formal character.

The house itself is divided into two concentric parts. The inner part is comprised of basic dwelling components and laid out on a Palladian 3×3 grid with a vertically accented dining room in its centre. The outer part consists of additional programme – patios of different size and proportion, garage, pool and storages, forms an in–between space. Neither a house, nor a garden, it serves as a mediator between both of them.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
House in a House blurs traditional dichotomy of interior and exterior, questioning their relationship, privacy and temporality.

Text provided by the architects.


Martin Jančok, Michal Janák, Ivana Čobejová; PLURAL

Year of completion

Bernolákovo, Slovakia

Total area: 175 m2
Site area: 760 m2

Daniela Dostálková

Project Partners

OK Atelier s.r.o., MALANG s.r.o.

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