Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Compact Karst House in Vrhovlje, Slovenija by dekleva gregorič arhitekti
December 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
The region of Karst was once covered with Oak trees that Venetians have extensively used for building up the City on water. They have left the wind to peel off earth revealing limestone grounds. In this landscape the tradition of small, compact, stony and almost windowless houses developed and remained until today.
Following this tradition determined the design of small compact stony house corresponding to the needs of the young family and current technological principles. Redefinition of traditional stony Karst house led to the concept of proto-house as compact, stony, pitched roof volume for contemporary countryside living in this region. The house is conceived as monolithic volume with two inserted wooden volumes connected with interim landing.
Ground floor operates mostly as public or semi-public space with multiple grand landscape views as on the other hand the upper floor stands very private with sky views only. The space is divided with two inserted wooden volumes which in ground floor contain kitchen with dining or bathroom and in the upper floor master bedroom and children’s room. House in a house concept allow each bedroom to perform as primarily wooden pitched house, where one literally feels like sleeping in his own (symbolic) house and not a room. The bridge connecting both houses acts as playroom.
The house has three large square windows which open views towards hilltop church in Italy to the west, forest to the south and entrance platform to the east. The redefinition of traditional stony Karst roof, with its texture, colour, material and its steep inclination is executed as contemporary concrete interpretation with intense technological ingenuity. Materially inseparable connection between the facade and the roof is key allusion to the image of traditional Karst village.
The design of the house addresses the relationship between contemporary and tradition, it opens up the question about the characteristics of anonymous traditional built architecture from which it originates and simultaneously establishes the relationship between contemporary interpretation and traditionally conditional domain of synthesis.
dekleva gregorič arhitekti was set up by Aljoša Dekleva (1972) and Tina Gregorič (1974) in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degree in Architecture with Distinction in 2002. They are co-authors of the book on mass-customization and responsive environments in collective housing Negotiate my boundary! that received intense professional attention and was published by Architectural Association Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, Basel, 2006.
dekleva gregorič arhitekti understand design as research on several modes (spatial, social, material, historical…) and response to specific constrains and conditions. They are aiming to challenge the obvious.There is no style but rather a systematic design approach as organizational technique to intense structuring of space and challenging the use of materials with exposing their primary natures. They are concerned with the user and therefore aiming to stimulate new social interactions among users, users’
participation in the design process and customization to users’ needs. Their work spans different scales and programs as well as diverse climates and localities. The understanding of each is crucial for any subtle response within the codes of each context.
Their work first received international attention with XXS house in Ljubljana and was awarded Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza in 2004 and WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers in 2005. In 2009 Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded International Architecture Awards 2009 and Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they have also won international award 40 under 40 award from the
European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received the 2nd place in AIT award in Luxury Living category and International Architecture Awards 2012. Last year the office was selected in a Highly Commended group of practices for 21 for 21 WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “the 21 architects for the 21st century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century; outstanding, forward-thinking
people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies) were nominated for Mies van den Rohe Award 2013.
They have been visiting lecturers and critics at Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have been also running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. From 2014 Tina is a full- professor
at Vienna University of Technology, Austria and Aljoša is a director of Architectural Association Visiting School Slovenia. He was recently a guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored nanotourism design research group, that received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.
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