The architect Mjölk talks generally about the financial problem with owing a house in a beautiful place near to the center or very near to its developed infrastructure.
Considering today prices on the real estate market, only a fraction of the people afford such an ideal place and only part is willing to pay for the land, which cost is equivalent to several times the price of the average plot.
How to achieve the best value ratio it’s a relative matter, compromises are inevitable when coming to obtain reasonable things for good money. Sometimes the plot is a steep hill which normally no one would buy or the design of the house is so narrow that it remains of noodle where you can barely turn around.
The evolution is an issue brought in the discussion, envisioning the future along with a small analysis call for consideration when buying a plot. As the architect declares:‘How I live today, how will I live in two years or in ten years? Maybe I will need a stroller for triplets or I will become fond of cycling.’
The quality of the houses isn’t minimalized by the extreme situations or the limits, quite the contrary.
The dimension is not a criteria that one of their client has guided after. He demanded the reconstruction of an old houseboat anchored in area of Sailing club in Smichov. His requirement was easy: to live in the centre of Prague with a little bit of navy romance, to be able to go for a bear with his boat or to get to sunday´s Farmers market in city centre on the quay. Now he can travel and adventure on the sea and still enjoying the facilities of the urban environment. So to draw a conclusion: live in the city, buy houseboats!
Photographs: Courtesy of Mjölk architekti
Text: Diana Slabinschi