Three Brothers for Špania Dolina
Špania Dolina is the old Slovakian mountain village. It has the strong historical identity. Nowadays it has the problem to continue with this heritage. It doesn’t have a vision. My vision is active and self-discovering tourism. I want to achieve this by three small buildings - a small spa, a gamekeeper’s lodge and a bunkhouse.
The main topic of architecture studio at FUA led by Radek Suchánek and Petr Janoš was 'Places Affected by Mining’. From two locations I chose to deal with Slovak village Špania Dolina with a long cuprum mining history. Špania Dolina has the strong historical identity. Nowadays it has the problem to continue with this heritage. It doesn’t have a vision.
A possible way for Špania Dolina is a development by taking one small purposeful step after another. The indisputable advantage of the village is the beauty of the surrounding nature and itself. The problem is that the village doesn’t know what to offer. I want to bring there young active families with children, groups of sporting friends, creative people, intellectuals, people on search. I call it active and self-discovering tourism. I want to achieve this by three small buildings (a small spa, a gamekeeper’s lodge and a bunkhouse) closely related to my goal to extend a nearby cross country ski path Šachtičky–Donovaly. I believe that a cross-country skier (a hiker or a cyclist in summer) combines all the above mentioned groups. My three projected objects – brothers – are related to cross country skiing. I don’t use the word brother accidentally. The objects are interconnected not only through their function but also through their construction and architecture components. The black-painted shingle façades, the construction grid and the construction of connected roof trusses is what makes them brothers. And primarily that they are all on the same route. Contemporary architecture should be what will bring the lost energy to Dolina.