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Eliška Kováříková portfolio


My name is Eliška Kováříková. I was born in 1993 in Prague, city of a hundred spires, city in the heart of Europe. I study architecture in a mountain city of Liberec in the north of Bohemia. Our faculty is small. It comprises of around 200 students in total and all of us work in one big atelier regardless of which year we are in, what assignment we are working on or who is our leading professor. That creates almost family atmosphere. I am interested in stories. Stories told by the buildings, whether they are from their history or the message that the architect inscribed in them. I like that kind of houses, houses that have something to say. I love literature, films. I play improvisatory theatre. I teach children history of art. The newest project I am working on with a friend is a ‘children’s book about architecture‘. We are trying to raise public awareness of architecture in Czech Republic. One of the ways is to start with the education from an early age.


Plavidlo (The Ship) It all started with a dreamy image of magical dog sleigh cruising the waters. It seemed impossible for a dog to be able to pull a boat along with a passenger. It came as a big surprise when we tried if the dog could pull just a mattrace with a person on top. Not only that it could without a problem but it was a fun game for both the dog and us. After that we started designing a ship as light and aestheticly pleasing as possible. We decided for a ship of a catamaran type. The floats were made out of a halved old surfboard and the connecting structure with the seat out of wood. The ship functions and floats unbelievably fast. When the dog gets tired there is an oar available.


Doupata (The Lairs) The brief was to design a space with interior for the Liberec dam. My project came from the idea of a minimal space. It is a set of a few Lairs which are randomly placed around the dam. The objects would not be visible from far away. The people passing by would discover them by coincidence when walking up the slope, in a gap between crags, when randomly looking up to a tree crown or when they look over the railing of the barrage. Finding them is a game of hide and seek and their position spreads by a secret word of mouth in whisper. The shape is based on animals´ dens, birds´cocoons and nests etc. – places used as a refuge from predators and unpleasant weather conditions. A Lair would offer a feelig of safety as well as privacy to its visitors.


Přetvoření sýpky na pražírnu kávy (Turning a granary into a coffee-roasting plant) This project was commissioned by a real investor, the owner of The Museum of Crafts in Letohrad. So for me it was a sneak peak of what it is like in the real world. The work wasn’t as relaxed as it is with school assignments – I was costantly consulting the design with the investor, I had to pay attention to following all the technical requirements and also deal with the financial part of the project. The granary lost its original purpose over time and was to become a part of the museum. A space for satisfying of mental needs through education is the exact opposite of the former use of the space as storage. The building was primarily a functional space built up out of neccessity. On the other hand, every museum carries a sense of nostalgia that naturally leads to reminiscence and reflection. The neccessity related to the need to store things disappeared with time. Nevertheless there are torn spider-webs leading between the granary’s former and later use. There are tw


o different worlds clashing here – past and present, as well as two kinds of human substance – physical and mental. I was aware of this while working with the space. I was creating a space on the borderland where I was awaking an old roasting plant from the exposition. I was creating a seasonal coffe-roasting plant from the available resources with an alternative preparation of coffee. Through this direct experience the visitors would feel like they are part of history. I pointed out the reconstruction of the building even more conspicuously on the first floor - small space above a roofed passageway that is dedicated to the children. There is one structure filled with soft foam made from sacks previously used for storage of raw materials. The alternative methods for preparation of coffee are not very well known yet in Czech Republic although this kind of coffee preparation which is an alternative to a classic espresso is visually far more interesting. For example preparation using a vacuum pot resembles a complicated chemical experiment rather than making a cup of coffee. The prices of the devices are also much lower than the lever coffeemaker and there is no need for maintenance.


Termální bazén pro Alpy (The thermal Pool for the Alps) Reinforced concrete monolith built into a mountain sourced by a thermal spring. Long swimming track only with two lines blurres into the horrizon of the landscape. You swim into the sky. There is no road or cable car leading to the swimming pool. You have to climb up a rocky pathway, there is a motif of a journey with a purification at the end, contemporary place of pilgrimage, silence, peace and cold. Feeling of fear combined with pleasure. There is a contrast to the spa and fitness culture of the Alps.


Rustikální Rozkládací Altán (Rustic Folding Summer House) Designed for Spořilov housing estate’s courtyard in Frýdek – Místek. It is supposed to serve as a versatile space where the local community of people can meet. Apart from meetings it could also house flea markets, cinema or could be used as a place to sit down and relax. All four walls can be lifted or closed.


Portfolio 2013-14 Eliška Kováříková