“When I met the clients – a young couple with three little girls – I was overwhelmed by the deep connection between them. What would then be more logical than, to instead of designing them a classical multi separate-rooms’ house, rather make them a functionally interconnected, monospaced volume. A playfull space that, on every step encourages creativity. An open space where each family member could interact with other. A space that is complemented with small niches that, when needed, provide intimacy to its occupants. A spacious but highly rationalized space that, rather than betting on a big volume, counts on expanding outdoor into the beautiful nature that surrounds the house.
House itself is laid gently across two gentle hill slopes. Main terrace oriented toward the south and the sun extends the dinning room and connects it with the outdoor kitchen while living room is extended thru the full wall…
When the time has come for their kids to leave the home, the active, sporty couple in their fifties, decided to sell their dear, but oversized house and move. After a long search, they were able to find a beautiful spot in the lap of the mountains and acquire a plot of land at the edge of the village on a gentle slope bellow the local church. They set the goal for their new house to be small, but comfortable. Being manageable by two seniors but able to host the kids and their family when pay them occasional prolonged visit. They wanted it to be sustainable in wider sense of the word and energy efficient. Pleasant to live in and supportive to their active lifestyle. And smart!
usable surface 155 sq m
site 1116 sq m
construction time 6 months
low energy consumption – PHPP: 23,5 kW…
Carst (Kras in Slovene) is a region that has always fascinated me with its specific nature, diverse climate, stone architecture and – most of all – some special kind of tranquility, hard to describe, but easy to feel.
Therefore, when an opportunity arose to design a house there, I jumped on it.
Regardless, that I have been in the area on many occasions and that I have visited a site with the clients, I felt like I need to pay it another visit – alone – in order to fully immerse into the place.
That way this sketch & photo blog was created. No particular topic – just impressions…
Coming out of the road turn, out of nowhere, this typical Carst home appeared. Beautiful composition of stone buildings with slated roofs. Stone wall embraces the inner courtyard which is…