It looks less like a “conceptual object” than it does an idyllic dwelling in the Czech countryside. But the Conceptual Object, designed and built by Labor 13 Architecture, was created to embody some high concepts in green building — most notably, the wholesale use of recycled materials.
Most of us have imagined, at some point or another, a simple, green life in the country. The Conceptual Object (which comes to us via Inhabitat) has turned that dream into a reality for the Czech family who inhabits it, but it’s also somewhat experimental as far as structures go. That’s because the house was built where an old barn once stod. That barn was systematically dismantled, then recycled into this new structure on site.
Sheltered by a series of semi-dilapidated stone walls, which add to the rustic aesthetic, the home includes five gates on the south side of the home that open completely. These gates help to erase the boundary between indoors and out, while making the home’s small physical footprint less of an issue. This is, essentially, a small home with a really big backyard, built from existing materials, on site — the ultimate in locally sourced.
The home was designed for maximum energy efficiency with a small environmental impact, on the cheap. It was also built solar-ready, and comes with a new well. Another significant green detail: it treats its own sewage on site. Call it country living, writ small.