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Corrugated plastic clads compact modern house in Slovakia

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Its architects based the house’s form on an Italian Renaissance designer’s tenets

In contemporary architecture, plastic is au courant: For last year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London, Spanish design firm Selgascano draped a steel framework in Technicolor-bright ETFE sheets. It offered a psychedelic effect that, as one can imagine, took Instagram by storm and offered a counterpoint to the prevailing aesthetic—monochrome palettes in more stalwart materials like steel and masonry.

For a home in the Slovakian city of Bernolákovo, local deisgn firm Plural employed plastic in a more subdued shade to clad a 300-square-meter (about 3,229 square feet) residence. Centered on a courtyard with a pool and deck, it’s aptly called House in a House. Corrugated polycarbonate plastic provides a translucent layer between indoors and out. And though the material may be more Space Age than Age of Enlightenment, Plural was inspired by design tenets laid out by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. This means a form based on a divided grid, as Palladio would have done.

See inside below, and head over to Dezeen to read a brief interview with the architect and see more photos.