A Contemporary Take on a Slovakian Country Home

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IST-Family House by JRKVC is a Slovakian country home made of local materials such as clay, straw, and wood. The restrained architecture balances colloquial forms with modern-day sustainable design, finding the happy medium in a small space with a roofed porch, known as a “gánok.” From the porch, one enters through a turquoise doorway, coming into the three-sectioned ground floor. On this main level, the divided spaces are unified by the polished concrete floors, a contemporary and energy-efficient touch. In the middle section, there stands a plywood “service box” that functions as a room divider while housing a kitchen, a bathroom, a stairway, and storage. In the living room, a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooks the garden and brings in Northern light to the den and the lofted second floor.

Photography by Peter Jurkovi?

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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