private investor, 2016 summer house near Zadar
Basic building orientation is SE.
It is in accordance with the existing (planned) urbanism and is trying to be a compromise between the position of the sun on one side and the sight of the city with the protection of the wind ‘bura’.
How should a modern summer house look like?
Ordinary family house with a floor plan of 100 m2 on a plot of 600 m2?
‘Ordinary’ summer rental house with a floor plan of 300 m2 on a plot of 600 m2, with not enough parking places and with arches as a design sign?
Modern box shape house with big window screens facing the best views?
Or is it a classical summer mansion. Like those we can find in the area of Dubrovnik. With a front garden and a central corridor toward and through mansion into back intimate garden.
Summer house is a mixture of words: light / shadow, pine tree / palm tree, smell / view, sun / sea / pool
A garden that contains everything but modest in appearance.
Terrain is a slope falling NW to SE.
A garden with minimal paving, and autochthonous plants which demands minimal maintenance.
In the center of a garden is built BASE partially dig into the ground. It contains living spaces, exterior and interior and the pool. It has no design elements, only the materiality of a concrete textures made like stone.
On the base is simple white house volume containing bedrooms.