Country estate in Herzegovina

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationZagreb, Croatia
CompanyDva Arhitekta
Lead DesignerTomislav 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.