Issa grotto hill house Single family holiday house by Proarh

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Issa grotto hill house

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Single family holiday house

INSPIRATION:
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.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The architect encountered problems that come with a site without infrastructure while at the same time satisfying the user needs : temporary habitation and olive farming care. The primary areas are digged in and only certain areas are above terrain level, creating additional spaces.Sustainable design has shown to be the only solution for the completion of the project because it encompasses minimal costs, satisfaction of the client, regulation compliance as well as the architectural expression.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project makes minimal alterations to the terrain, and what it takes it replenishes. 100 percent energetic autonomy:solar panels and photoenergetic cells,heat containers (stones from the site) Low energy use due to the bioclimate oriented design Recycling of rain water for the irrigation of olive and house use Materials that are compatible to the local area and weather conditions and as such ensure the longevity of the structure and minimal maintenance

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project construction started in October 2014. and is still under construction. Completion is estimated in spring 2016.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Because of the steep slope site, overgrown by lush mediterranean greenery, first step was to clear up the part of the site where the building will be and to make a gravel road just to make it approachable by vehicles. Just that took almost three months to be completed. at this time the excavations for the foundations are being finished. It is expected to continue with the concrete-works this spring.All the bearing elements are made of reinforeced concrete, which in the interior are also a finished look.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site area 70135.0 m2 Gross floor area 198.5 m2

TAGS:
hill, cave, nature, stone, seaview, heritage, autonomy, recycle, upcycle

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research was based on traditional, rural, hand made topography of the stone-wall (need for horizontal surfaces for cultivation ) is a context that encompasses the aesthetics of the building from its bare function and microlocation. With a concise approach to construction and function of the building in an area with no infrastructure /no water, electricity / we come to the stripping of the primary needs of the living spaces, use of natural resources and limited means, which in turn create an unobtrusive aesthetic.

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge was to make a bioclimate oriented design, with regard to the requests of the investor and the characteristics of the location.Research was made by consulting sustainability experts and by studying traditional construction technologies of the mediterranean,something that is forgotten and abandoned,while it actually completely satisfies contemporary needs.The shape of the house is a reinvented Socrates megaron, the stone-wall is reinterpreted as various types of composite walls

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-19 10:34:20

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Davor Matekovic, Vedrana Jancic and Bojana Benic

IMAGE CREDITS:
3D Jadranko Kerekovic, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Proarh

PROFILE:
Proarh is an Architectural office founded in 1992. with its headquarters in Zagreb. Under the leadership of its founder and principal Architect Davor Mateković, Proarh is evolving into a multidisciplinary workshop which, from its begginnings, has undertaken projects of a variety of functions, typologies, programmes and spatial dimensions. Architecture is approached as a heterogeneous substance, where all its elements are independent and formative. The design process is all-encompassing and it includes not only solving the functional requirements (programme, construction, location, legislative) but also implementation of a core idea, as something that gives added value to each project. Valuable experience was acquired through cutthroat marketplace conditions, and Proarh's competitiveness and professionalism makes us one of the leading architectural offices in Croatia. The work of experienced teams of architects and the expertise of high level consultants have resulted with numerous successful projects and finished work of the widest spectrum. Proarh's innovative ideas have also been recognized outside of the croatian architectural scene and its projects have been nominated and awarded with various worldrenowned architectural prizes, as well as published in notable international and domestic architectural magazines. Main creative drive has always been the dynamic nature of the design process, the challenge of new projects and the constructive interaction with the clients. All these elements combined contribute to quality of work and make Proarh an important part of Croatia's architectural scene.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Issa Grotto Hill House Single Family Holiday House by Proarh is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Issa Grotto Hill House Single Family Holiday House by Proarh is Winner in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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