Krkonoše National Park, Czech Republic
project management: Hana Seho, Jan Světlík
student team: Jan Karhánek and Veronika Suchá (authors of the proposal), Štěpán Beneš, Lukáš Foltýn, Pavel Halgaš, Markéta Chocová, Štěpánka Poučová, Dominik Rejthar, Pavel Vondrýska
Stanislav Kozák (static solution)
Dřevovýroba KRNAP, Zámečnictví Tomáš Beran, VOŠ a SPŠ Volyně
Administration of the Krkonoše National Park
Authors of photos
Piškot is a mobile information stand, named after the organic shape reminiscent of the popular sweet treat. In summer, the KRNAP Administration uses it for information services and facilities high in the mountains and in winter it is winterized in the valley. Its first stop is on Zlatý vrch near Vrbatova bouda, where it replaced the original kiosk that was destroyed by woodworm. The shape of the building is based on structural and contextual principles and is defined by the curve of the floor. Thanks to the tongue-and-groove connection, the elements of the wooden beams rotate to form a smooth curve, erected on a steel grid. Students refer to the structure as a membrane. They had to test its operation in a 1:1 model to determine how large a radius the curve could have. Part of the perimeter wall is solid, with a hidden warehouse and chemical toilet behind it; part of the membrane is glass, with a view of the Kozí hřbety. The interior of the kiosk is made entirely of foiled concrete plywood, with anti-slip on the floor and smooth plywood used for the ceiling and furniture. The building stands on a grid of lightened I-profiles. The grid is reinforced at four points and four steel lugs are welded to it. A crane rope is hooked behind them and the kiosk is lifted and loaded onto a truck. All the wooden elements are made of larch wood, which can withstand mountain climatic conditions without paint or other maintenance. Over time, the wood will begin to turn grey and get lost in the surroundings.