Grandma's cozy cottage or a magnificent log cabin? / Utulna babiccina chaloupka anebo grandiozni srub? - CzechmatediaryGrandma's cozy cottage or a magnificent log cabin? / Utulna babiccina chaloupka anebo grandiozni srub? - Czechmatediary
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Grandma’s cozy cottage or a magnificent log cabin? / Utulna babiccina chaloupka anebo grandiozni srub?

The newly built cottages in Krkonose and Jizerske mountains lack style . The traditional so-called ‘roubenka’ cottages (see image below) are slowly being replaced by grandiose Canadian/Austrian-style cottages (see image below) which do not fit into the Czech countryside at all. That is why the Krkonose National Park came out with a new handbook for Czech contractors to guide them on what cottages should they be building in such landscape.

“The history of the Czech folk architecture is not being taught anywhere so no one really knows what styles are appropriate. Thanks to the internet, magazines and traveling all of the architectural styles are blending together and people do not realize that each countryside has a specific building styles…”, comments one of the handbook authors.

According to the poll in 82% of voters agrees with the fact that architectural styles in the mountains should be regulated. What do you think?

CZ: Architektura Krkonos a Jizerskych hor pry v dnesni dobe hodne trpi. Puvodni malebne roubenky nahrazuji kycove alpske ci kanadske sruby, ktere se do ceskych hor proste nehodi. Krkonsossky narodni park proto vydal prirucku pro stavebniky a projektanty, aby tradicni styl ceskych horskych chaticek uplne nezmizel.

“Dejiny lidove architektury se dnes nevyucuji a tak nikdo presne nevi, co by se u nas melo vyskytovat. Diky cestovani, internetu ci casopisum lidem splyvaji  jednotlive styly z ruzhych mist a neuvedomuji si, ze se dopousteji chyby, kdyz v Krkonosich postavi valassky srub”, komentuje Jiri Louda, jeden z autoru vyse uvedene prirucky.

Podle ankety uvedene v si 82% volicu souhlasi s tim, ze by vystavba v horach mela byt vice regulovana. Co si myslite vy?


Traditional Krkonose cottage called 'roubenka'

Canadian/Austrian-style cottage

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12 comments… add one
  • Scott Phillips March 7, 2011, 2:11 am

    Sad, but the same thing is happening right here in our neighborhood too! All the small, quint, historic homes are being torn down, and McMansions are going up. Jammed on the land, ugly, HUGE, and not in keeping with the history or tradition of the area. Good that they are trying to rein this in!

  • Sarka March 7, 2011, 10:20 am


  • Tanja March 7, 2011, 10:22 am

    Where do you live Scott? The same thing is going on here in California. But there were no historical buildings to begin with, just flower fields 🙁

  • Vlastimil March 7, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Either the historical cottages should be protected as historical buildings or there is not much to do about it. BTW the modern log “cottage” reminds me a house of very rich Siberian kulak (farmer).
    Kulak in Russian means also “fist” , that’s why rich Russian farmers got a nickname kulak , because some of them did not treat people and nature very nicely , and they really liked to show off by building kitchy houses…. It looks like there is no shortage of kulaks in Krkonose :)))

  • Scott Phillips March 7, 2011, 4:07 pm

    Tanja, I am on the shore of Lake Michigan in a small town.


  • Tanja March 8, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Vlastimil, I thought ‘kulaks’ are russian-style nazi camps….Or am I mixing some words together? Maybe the spelling is different.

  • Vlastimil March 9, 2011, 5:56 am

    You are mixig it with Gulag, which is acronym for “Главное управление исправительно-трудовых лагерей и колоний” (Glavnoye upravlyeniye ispravityel’no-trudovih lagerey i koloniy), in translation
    Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps and Colonies . It is amazing how Krkonose are related to Gulag :))) If you like horror movies, search for Gulag on Netflix…. You will not sleep several nights after that …..

  • Katka March 31, 2011, 10:19 am

    Scott, Northern or Southern Michigan. I’m also on the shore of Lake Michigan in a small town. But only 1 1/2 from Chicago, so very south.

  • Scott Phillips March 31, 2011, 10:49 am

    Katka, Very South too. Just at the Michigan – Indiana border. Love this area!

  • Vlastimil March 31, 2011, 3:30 pm

    BTW, what is wrong about the Canadian/Austrian-style cottage???? It is actually not bad. I live in a small cottage and I would trade it in for this cottage :)))

  • Romana Osborne March 19, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Ok, that is awful…

  • Radka April 27, 2012, 1:51 am

    Kdybych jela do Cech na dovolenou, tak prave do ceske chaloupky. Do toho druheho obydli by me nikdo nedostal!
    Tanjo, precti si neco od Rybakova nebo Solzenicyna. Ti pisou pravdu o Sovetskem svazu a o Gulagu. Rozesmala jsi me s tim kulakem(ale jsem ti za to rozesmani moc vdecna). Ty jsi uz nemela ve skole rustiny? Ja z ni jeste v 92. maturovala:)

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