On the northeast corner of Prague, the sprawling Černý Most estate is home to over 20,000 residents. Built during the late 1970s and 1980s, the neighbourhood was made possible by the ubiquitous prefabricated panel construction that accounts for most of the Czech capital’s post-war housing. Known locally (
Inspired by Bachorík’s artistic ouevre, the designers transformed the interior to create an elegantly raw — and radically open — space. Load-bearing concrete walls and plumbing connections presented the only immovable constraints, allowing Neuhäusl Hunal to carve out a new floorplan.
Framing the kitchen and bathroom, curved glass blocks balance openness and enclosure, playfully making the shower cabin both a visual focal point and a semi-private space.
In both the lavatory and the kitchen (which Bachorík primarily uses as a maker space) white square tiles and contrasting grout establish a rigorously streamlined aesthetic. And while raw concrete walls imbue the home with a sense of creative energy — reminiscent of Rick Owens’ famed Paris apartment — the designers were careful not to overwhelm the space with concrete, introducing white plaster walls as a muted complement.
“Our aim was to use a hybrid typology and achieve the highest degree of freedom, light and generosity,” says the Neuhäusl Hunal team. “Boundaries and functions are blurred in terms of plan and material: the maximally open and flowing space without doors is thus divided only by arched half-sections of U-profiled glass. These translucent glass blocks of high order ensure the penetration of light. Their materiality and character naturally refer to the client’s lifelong work.”