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HIŽA/PROARH

An archaic-looking object attracts attention in the green, gently rolling landscape near the Croatian village of   Kumrovec. What would seem a sharp-edged bale of straw at first glance turns out to be a carefully restored building on closer inspection. The transformation of the former agricultural structure into a holiday home has been effected by equally simple and precise means.

Taking cultural heritage into consideration, Proarh Architects have pursued an approach that retains the original shape of what had become a dilapidated building while making purist use of the materials straw, wood, glass and stone.

Zagorje Cottage: Kumrovec Building, Croatia House

Zagorje Cottage, Kumrovec Building, Croatia Holiday Residence, New Home, Architecture

Zagorje Cottage

Croatian House: Rural Holiday Property – design by PROARH, architects

22 Jan 2016

Hiza-contemporary cottage Single family holiday house by Proarh

Design: PROARH, architects

Location: Kumrovec, Krapina-Zagorje, Croatia

Holiday House in Croatia

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DESIGN NAME:
Hiza-contemporary cottage

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Single family holiday house

INSPIRATION:
Inspiration was found in the traditional architecture of Zagorje region. Untouched nature on the site called for an unintrusive design which was found in the interpretation of the traditional cottage, straw covered house with basic spaces.

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UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The pre-existing traditional Zagorje cottage was in poor condition and was renovated taking into consideration local heritage and design. The house form is kept, while the porch is substituted with a glass cube, which is slided out of the main volume, simultaneously forming an entrance area. The innovative usage of straw,on both roof and walls, wooden plank bearing construction and an aluminum glass cube structure, makes this house a hommage to the culture and heritage of the Zagorje region.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This single family house is designed for a weekend and holiday retreat of a large, many diffrent generations family.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project construction started in autumn 2010. and finished in summer 2012. in Kumrovec, Zagorje , Croatia.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Used technology was basic and from local craftsmen. The straw covering on the roof is replaced with a new one and extended over the facade, while the gables are newly wood-lined. The existing stone piedestal is kept, while the newly designed terrace is layed with a wood planks. The entrance walkway is made of tree stumps.As such the cottage becomes ‘organic’, easily renovated from locally available resources, it breathes and changes with time, creating a healthy living environment.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site area: 3865 m2 Built up area: 230 m2 Net area: 163 m2

TAGS:
straw, cottage, nature, tradition, contemporary, heritage, glass, steel

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research was based on history documents and field research. Documentation about traditional straw building methods was scarce so research was primarily based on locating some of still existing straw covered houses.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part was finding the craftsmen who could lay down the straw roof and the straw facade in a traditional way but with up-to-date details, like the crossing from the roof to the vertical facade.

TEAM MEMBERS:
Davor Matekovic and Oskar Rajko

IMAGE CREDIT:
Photographer Damir Fabijanic, 2012.

Hiza-Contemporary Cottage Single Family Holiday House by Proarh is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2014-15.

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Zagorje Cottage Architects – Proarh

Proarh

Proarh is an Architectural office founded in 1992. with its headquarters in Zagreb. Under the leadership of its founder and principal Architect Davor Mateković, Proarh is evolving into a multidisciplinary workshop which, from its begginnings, has undertaken projects of a variety of functions, typologies, programmes and spatial dimensions. Architecture is approached as a heterogeneous substance, where all its elements are independent and formative.

The design process is all-encompassing and it includes not only solving the functional requirements (programme, construction, location, legislative) but also implementation of a core idea, as something that gives added value to each project. Valuable experience was acquired through cutthroat marketplace conditions, and Proarh’s competitiveness and professionalism makes us one of the leading architectural offices in Croatia.

The work of experienced teams of architects and the expertise of high level consultants have resulted with numerous successful projects and finished work of the widest spectrum. Proarh’s innovative ideas have also been recognized outside of the croatian architectural scene and its projects have been nominated and awarded with various worldrenowned architectural prizes, as well as published in notable international and domestic architectural magazines. Main creative drive has always been the dynamic nature of the design process, the challenge of new projects and the constructive interaction with the clients. All these elements combined contribute to quality of work and make Proarh an important part of Croatia’s architectural scene.

9 Sep 2013

Contemporary interpretation of a traditional Zagorje cottage

Design: PROARH

Location: Kumrovec, Krapina-Zagorje County, northern Croatia

Suvremena interpretacija tradicionalne Zagorske hiže

The pre-existing traditional Zagorje cottage is situated on the green slopes near Kumrovec and was structurally and statically in poor condition. It was renovated taking into consideration the characteristics of local heritage and design. The pre-existing house form is kept, while the porch is substituted with a glass cube. To give the cottage southern exposure, the glass form is slided out of the main house volume, simultaneously forming an entrance area. Interaction of interior and exterior spaces is enabled by opening of the glass walls.

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photo : Damir Fabijanic

The lot has an area of aproximately 3685m2, and the house itself 230m2. The cottage consists of three floors: the basement, ground floor and 1st floor, which is comprised of the essential living spaces- leisure/dining/cooking on groundfloor and sleeping areas on the 1st floor. Groundfloor spaces are then arranged following a traditional system of organisation that creates a common zone with ‘hearth’ . The straw covering on the roof is replaced with a new one and extended over the facade, while the gables are newly wood-lined.

The entrance walkway is made of tree stumps. The existing stone piedestal is kept, while the newly designed terrace is layed with a wooden floor from where it opens up to an impressive Zagorje landscape.

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photos : Damir Fabijanic

The usage of organic materials characteristical of traditional construction is a hommage to the wealth of culture and heritage of the Zagorje, while at the same time it contributes to the sustainability in contemporary architecture. As such the cottage becomes ‘organic’, easily renovated from locally available resources and workmanship, it breathes and changes with time, creating a healthy living environment.

Zagorje Cottage – Building Information

Architect: PROARH / Davor Matekovic – www.proarh.hr
Collaborators: Ognjen Bergam, Ranko Bihler, Mateo Biluš, Branko Galic, Oskar Rajko

Zagorje Cottage Building images / information from FD

Holiday House in Croatia
Design: PROARH, architects

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photo : Ivan Dorotic

Istria House in Croatia by PROARH, architects


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photo : 3LHD

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photo : Damir Fabijanic

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Zagorje Cottage – page

Website: Kumrovec

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Villa Materada, Istria House, Croatia

Materada House, Croatia Holiday Residence, New Porec, IstriaHome, Architecture, Kumrovec Building,

Villa Materada, Istria

Croatian House: Rural Holiday Property near Porec- design by PROARH, architects

22 Jan 2016

Materada House

Design: PROARH, architects

Location: Materada, near Porec, Istria, Croatia

Villa Materada in Istria

DESIGN NAME:
Villa Materada

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Single family holiday house

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photo : Ivan Dorotic

INSPIRATION:
The main inspiration was found in the idea to make an hommage to Istria-red soil and bright skies in coordinance with functional demands.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Villa is situated on the seashore of Materada, near Porec in Istria , Croatia, just a few steps from the beach. The client wanted a recognizable, residential house that satisfies functional and aesthetic demands, a visual imperativ of luxury and comfort. The house is designed as two floors hideaway, with a swerved upper floor, large cantilevered spaces that form covered outer spaces and focus the views towards the sea. Basic materials are corten, aluminium, wood and glass.

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photo : Ivan Dorotic

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Villa Materada is envisioned as a summer holiday house but it is functional during the whole year. It can trasnform from fully enclosed volume to an opened, total space during the summer when inside and outside spaces become one.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2013. and finished in summer 2014., Materada, Istria, Croatia

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photo : Ivan Dorotic

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Realization technology was quite simple and there was no problems with the construction. Only issues where with the optimal construction of the 1st floor slab-grand cantilever.The facade metalwork consists of aluminum profiles. The facade is created so that it allows ventilation (corten panels on the ground floor and aluminum panels on the first floor). The straight roof of the ground floor is a walkable grovel covered area while the roof on the first floor has an angle of 19 degrees. All floors are wooden, inside and outside.

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photo : Ivan Dorotic

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site area 963 m2 Gross floor area 392.74 m2

TAGS:
cantilever, view, corten, aluminium, seaside, deck, pool

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research was focused on selection of materials and best construction options regarding the large cantilevered 1st floor.

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photo : Damir Fabijanic

CHALLENGE:
Main creative challenge was making the cantilevered 1st executable, financially justified and at the end completed as designed and envisioned.

TEAM MEMBERS:
Davor Matekovic and Jadranko Kerekovic

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographer Damir Fabijanic, 2014.
Photographer Ivan Dorotic, 2014.

Holiday House in Croatia
Design: PROARH, architects

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photo : Damir Fabijanic

Holiday House in Croatia by PROARH, architects


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

Croatian Buildings

Croatian Buildings

Hotel Lone, Rovinj
Design: 3LHD architects, Zagreb

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photo : 3LHD

Hotel Lone Croatia

Aula Ivana Pavla II, Rijeka
Design: randic-turato architects

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photograph from architect

Aula Ivana Pavla II, northwest Croatia

Bale Sports Hall : Architecture competition
Design: 3LHD Architects

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photo : Damir Fabijanic

Croatian sports building

Croatian Architects

Comments / photos for the Zagorje Cottage – Croatian House page welcome

Zagorje Cottage – page

Website: Kumrovec

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