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ORA Transform a 16th Century Residence into a Guesthouse


The ŠTAJNHAUS has not been a project; the ŠTAJNHAUS has been a process. This house with a Renaissance core stands right at the foot of the chateau hill, in the former Jewish quarter of Mikulov (a. k. a. Nikolsburg). Throughout its existence, it has suffered a significant number of scars, it has gone through tens of reconstructions and operations. All of this have altered the house beyond recognition. It has maintained its almost medieval picturesqueness.

ORA Architects: We came to a “pudding stone.” The more individual layers, spaces and surprising circumstances we uncovered, the more revisions and alterations our project we had to make in our project; and this lasted, in fact, until the end of realization. In the beginning, we did not have a clue where we would come to in the end.

We were looking for a limit what time we could come back to and for a point when we should rather go on a new journey. But we still wanted to preserve the house as an organic unit. You will not find a straight wall or a rectangular opening in the house, so we had to reinvent and remake to measure all the elements, which the investor was compliant with.

Originally, our job was just interior design. Gradually, however, we realized that the interior and exterior could not be solved separately, as space and the shapes tend to blend and create an indivisible unit. The house has been reconstructed for the needs of a guest house, a part of it will be used as a private flat of the owner. Each room is unique; each has its specific atmosphere. And there are wine cellars under the house, which have come back to their original use.  Photo credits: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice