A house for the best years

Location: Trata near Velesovo, Slovenia
Client: Private
Type: Single family house
Year: 2014
Contractor: Bauta
Photography: Virginia Vrecl

Open House Slovenia (OHS) selection
Almost 0 Energy House (ZRMK) selection

How to reinterpret a traditional architectural typology for contemporary living?

A house for the best years

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!

Fact sheet:
usable surface 155 sq m
site 1116 sq m
construction time 6 months
wooden construction
low energy consumption – PHPP: 23,5 kW /(m2a)
heat pump air-water
recuperation rain water recycling
KNX home control
Featured in the media:
Arch Daily
Wood in Contemporary Slovenian Architecture 2010-2015
Sustainability Concepts of Energy Efficient Single Family Houses (2016)
Delo in Dom
Eko hiša & stil

National Television, Ambienti
Awards & nominations:
Mies van der Rohe Award – nomination; by Slovenia Consultant Committee (2014)
2nd Award for the best Wood Construction 2016 – shortlisted finalist