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.
ISSA Grotto Hill House in Vis, Croatia by Proarh d.o.o. Arhitektonski studio
June 16th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Proarh d.o.o. Arhitektonski studio
The assignment was to envision a house for a temporary family retreat for an owner of a cosmetics company, that would use the site to farm and cultivate olives for the needs of the company. The architect encountered the problems that come with a site without infrastructure while at the same time satisfying the needs of the user – temporary habitation and olive farming care.
Conceptually the architect is falling back on the tradition of the micro/macro climate and heritaga of Vis island and the Mediterranean so the approach to design is bioclimate oriented. The house is envisioned as an digged in volume, and residential pocket between the stretch and the stone wall. The leisure areas are digged in/ green roof/ and only certain areas are above terrain level and the minimalist design that is created by the primary needs – sleeping area, food preparations,leisure and work. The needs of the user, type of construction and application of materials is lowered to a minimum so that the natural resources could suffice. The design that emerges from such conditions is unobtrusive, subtle, creates a symbiosis with the new/old stone-wall topography. Sustainable design has shown to be the only solution for the completion of the project, that encompasses the plausibility of the project, minimal costs, satisfaction of all user needs, local government and urban plans as well as the architectural expression. This project is on one hand unique, innovative and conformed to the individual and on the other in tune with the construction heritage of the whole mediterranean culture as such.
All the bearing elements are made of reinforeced concrete, which in the interior are also a finished look. Stone from the site was used for the cladding of the facade, terrace and new bearing walls on the site – from the remains of the site excavation and stone from the old stone walls that have lost their structural integrity. Wood for the pool terrace, floors and shutters for sun protection are from local origin. Sun protection is made of lightweight panels that are filled with pine cones found on location.
The main approach to design is bioclimate oriented – with regard to the requests of the investor and the characteristics of the location – an area without infrasructure and a hardly accessible site on a steep slope.
Innovation in architectural design in the sense of reinventing simple traditional construction technologies typical to the mediterranean, something that is in times of hi-tech architecture forgotten and abandoned, while it actually completely satisfies the needs of the modern man.
The shape of the house is a reinvented Socrates megaron, the stone-wall is reinterpreted as various types of composite walls and the materials from the site are used in new ways…
In this way a specific example is given of sustainable construction and production in locations that are abandoned, unpopulated, not only in Croatia but also in the Mediterranean as a whole.
Category: Family house