An acronym that stands for Original Regional Architecture, and the firm was transforming the building, a house with a storefront below, into the Štajnhaus, a guesthouse aimed at visitors to the surrounding Moravia wine region. There are five simple, bright rooms and suites, each unique—identified as Blue, Green, Yellow, Gray, and White after the color of the floor’s glazed spruce.
Interior Design Fuses Historic Architecture With Contemporary Touches
They have only one common element, the lack of straight walls. “Builders’ instinct is to make things straight, but we told them to preserve the curvature of the original walls,” he says. The oldest part, a two-level cellar, dates to the 16th century. That’s when an influx of Jews expelled from Vienna settled here, establishing a large community that endured until the arrival of the Nazis.
In the Communist era, the house was fitted with cheap windows, and Hora found the entire place riddled with damp and otherwise in a state of deep disrepair. He had skilled craftsmen restore the centuries old plaster, rather than replacing it, and also fabricate the heavy ash doors and iron door handles to measure. Steps for the staircase were hewn from massive oak beams.