Country estate in Herzegovina

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationZagreb, Croatia
CompanyDva Arhitekta
Lead ArchitectTomislav Curkovic, Zoran Zidaric
Design Team Cvjetka Peronja

Located in a remote, poorly inhabited part of
West Herzegovina canton, the site stretches
over 35 000 square meters of wild landscape,
bound by strong stone walls. The ensemble of
houses in Bijaca is joyous in its self-
evident character found only in the
countryside. Their placement sets the stage
for a place of gathering, not only as a
memory of local tradition, but also as a
hierarchy of relationships necessary for the
community to function. The interrelation
between the houses creates fine outside
spaces, protected from the wind, suitable for
enjoying time spent on fresh air. Houses are
mainly two-storied, with daily life happening
on the ground level, having contact with the
outdoor. Concrete construction is cladded in
stone from the local quarry. Stone frames
around the openings in facade, also
traditional elements, are made in plaster and
emphasized to achieve the playfulness of
basic stone element. Connections between
units are paved in same local stone.