The Wooden Cabin on Jizera Mountains

The newly built wooden cabin on a sloping plot in the Jizera Mountains in Czech Republic takes the form of a traditional cottage and forms a pretty picture as it sits on the very edge of the mountain village surrounded by meadows and forest.

The wooden cottage is designed by Czech Republic architect Markéta Cajthamlová who runs a small studio since 1992 that is focused on smaller individual buildings with an emphasis on the complexity of the design and that gives due attention to detail and processing of all design documents.

This elongated gable-roofed mass of a building has a small gable-roofed outbuilding that serves as a vestibule and storage.

The surrounding landscape is dynamic and changeable and the cottage respects its character and creates a structure that stands at peace with its surroundings. Natural materials typical of the region are used for the construction: wood, stone and glass.

The layout of the house is divided into thirds. The living area with kitchen, dining room and fireplace is oriented to the west; the bedroom faces east and can accommodate up to four people; the central part with the sauna and bathroom is roofed, and this created the attic.

Leading through a staircase from the living room, the attic is a place of solace and it provides a pretty picture with its view across the landscape.

The facade of the house is made of dark blue clapboard cladding. Generous corner windows are 12 and 10 m long. Everything that is part of the windows is white: wooden window frames, sill, wooden blinds, and shutters, as well as the lining of the fixed corner of the window. The exception is the skylight, the division of which follows the structural system of the roof. Its frames are the same colour as the covering, which is made of dark grey asphalt strips.

The house, even with the parking area, is set into the terrain in such a way that it requires only minimal landscaping. The retaining wall levelling the terrain to the north is made of local sand-coloured stone. The plinth of the house is made of visible light concrete, as well as the low retaining walls passing into the borders of the parking area, which is made of granite perk and can accommodate up to four cars.

The object is designed as a wooden structure, wood (mostly spruce) is used throughout the entire interior in a visible way. CLT and SWP (solid wood panels) panels on the walls, ceiling, and roof.

The internal dividing walls are also wooden. The floor is designed from grey cement screed. The outdoor wooden terrace is made of larch planks, and the stone platform is made of local chipped stone.


Project location Jizera Mountains

Project country Czech Republic

Project year:      2019-2020

Completion year :            2022

Built-up Area:     150 m²

Gross Floor Area:    140 m²

Usable Floor Area:    120 m²

Plot size:              6000 m²

Dimensions:      650 m3

Photographer:   Petr Polák

Words and description by the architect: Markéta Cajthamlová

Collaborator:     Construction and documentation for the NOVATOP system: 3AE,

Garden design: Magdaléna Myšková Kaščáková

Realisation of the garden: Gabriel.

Products and Brands

Massive CLT wooden panels — Novatop

Carpentry products — Truhlářství Vaněček

Windows — Reglass\