“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…
Beautiful architecture, fantastic construction details, pleasant people…
Just returned from the study trip to Liechtenstein and Austria’s Vorarlberg and I am still felling overwhelmed by everything we have seen. Trip was organized by CIPRA (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps) to, through exemplary cases, popularize sustainable buildings approach.
Austrians, probably due to their forest rich land and long tradition are true masters in wooden constructions. But there are quite some of us in Slovenia, architects, constructors and builders alike, that have committed ourselves to sustainable building. And we are prepared to study, to learn,… and to work hard. And I’d say we are catching up.
Since I recon, that photos I made, would tell the story much better than me, I opted for a photo blog this time, share with you some highlights of the trip.
Amazing, ultra modern, Liechtenstein parliament, completely mad of…
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…
It has been love at first sight.
When I visited the site for the first time, I was absolutely amazed by the beauty of it. I couldn’t believe my luck, that a pleasant young family, who chose to settle here, asked me to make it their home.
Ironically, it has been an unspoiled beauty of the place, that made me especially anxious. Doubts arose, if I am capable to address the site like this properly.
What am I allowed to put there in order not to ruin its beauty?
A steep sloped terrain and a bit nasty – westerly – orientation, that denies me a southerly sun while, on the other hand, threatens to overheat the house during the summer afternoons… all that haven’t helped much either.
All that lead, first to the detailed observation and sketching of the site, to 3D aerial scan with quadrocopter and to making a numerous balsa models for study purposes….