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Once More to the Lake: A Family Holiday House in Slovakia

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Once More to the Lake: A Family Holiday House in Slovakia

August 30, 2018

On the shore of a lake in Vojka nad Dunajom, Slovakia, architect Peter Jurkovič designed a compact, 700-square-foot cottage as an escape from the city for a family of five.

“I focused on finding the essence of a holiday home—a complement to family life,” says Jurkovič. “The house serves as a refuge for a family of five living in the capital—an opportunity to spend free time with family and friends in the countryside.”

Photography by Peter Jurkovič.

The view from the cottage, which is on a lake in the Danube River, about a 40-minute drive south of Bratislava (where the family lives year-round).
Above: The view from the cottage, which is on a lake in the Danube River, about a 40-minute drive south of Bratislava (where the family lives year-round).
Intentionally simple, wood-framed windows and white-painted siding do not detract from the natural surroundings.
Above: Intentionally simple, wood-framed windows and white-painted siding do not detract from the natural surroundings.
The one-story bungalow has a wall of glazed folding doors that frame a view of the lake.
Above: The one-story bungalow has a wall of glazed folding doors that frame a view of the lake.
A hip roof protects the wooden deck from rain and sun.
Above: A hip roof protects the wooden deck from rain and sun.
The stoop is a single stone slab set in gravel.
Above: The stoop is a single stone slab set in gravel.
Inside is a central living area; the ladder leads to a sleeping platform beneath the hip roof.
Above: Inside is a central living area; the ladder leads to a sleeping platform beneath the hip roof.
The cottage is heated by a freestanding fireplace.
Above: The cottage is heated by a freestanding fireplace.
The master bedroom on the first floor has a wall of masonry blocks to absorb and radiate heat from the fireplace in the central room.
Above: The master bedroom on the first floor has a wall of masonry blocks to absorb and radiate heat from the fireplace in the central room.
A sleeping loft beneath the roof.
Above: A sleeping loft beneath the roof.
The view from the deck.
Above: The view from the deck.

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