What are your latest projects?
JO: We’re currently working on
a residential project, a corporate
headquarters, a sports hall, and
How do you approach a brief? JO:
We both collaborate on the original
design, and we discuss the project as
much as possible—that’s the core task.
Who are your clients? JO: We have
private clients for family houses and
developers for residential buildings.
Half of our projects are the results of
winning architecture competitions.
How do you like to work? JO: Working
with our team we develop two or three
conceptual variants of the project,
which we then present to the client,
talking them through the benefits and
potential problems of each variant.
What unites your projects?
ŠV: Us two! But seriously, we are
really interested in relationships
between things—space, structure,
form, social aspects, and of course
the client. We are always trying to
discover a simple code that leads us
from concept to final detail and can
respond to all these factors.
Is there an OV-A “look”? ŠV: Maybe
you can tell us! With every assignment
comes a different client and therefore
a different solution. But our principles
are always the same. We try to bring
simple, innovative solutions.
Tell us about your team. And what is
your office like? JO: There are now 12
of us, based in Prague. We collaborate
together very closely, sitting together.
Which projects are you most proud
of? ŠV: Every project has its own
adventures and battles. But our design
for glass and lighting brand Lasvit,
meant to be a huge lamp (pictured
opposite) was our biggest experiment.
How would you define “good
architecture”? ŠV: Good architecture
is useful architecture without the need
for amazing effects or special design.
It is enough when a building brings a
calm quality to its environment. But
sometimes, of course, the “good” must
be special and unique.
Striking designs: The Lasvit HQ in Nový Bor
(opposite and bottom left); a family house in
Králův Dvůr (top); footbridges connecting
university campus buildings in Prague
(above); a villa in Čerčany (below); Villa
Tajm in Jablonec nad Nisou (bottom right).
JAN ZÁTORSÝ; BOYSPLAYNICE.COM; TOMAS SOUCEK