This holiday home in Ibiza, Croatia, has a glass front as wide as 22 meters and a recessed pedestal, which makes it look like it is floating.
The island of Pag in Croatia is known for its low vegetation, rocky and pebble beaches, but also for the town of Novalja, which is a real magnet for tourists. Architects from the Nis Polyarch Studio had the task to work on this island, on plots of irregular shape, design a vacation home area 200 m2.
A young team of engineers opted for low volume house (height 4.50 m), flat roof, but also a traditional white facade. The proposed orientation of the house on the plot (in the east-west direction) reduces negative climatic influences such as a strong bora and the summer sun.
Wide views of the sea
“The initial idea for designing this facility came from the investor’s desire to build a family holiday home, with clearly defined zones, a swimming pool and wide views of the sea”- state the architects from Polyarch Studio for our portal.
The house is ground floor, precisely because of the client’s request to build in which to a lesser extent affects the image of the environment. The house is characterized by compact volume, straight lines, reduced colors and materials. The opening of the facade to the east and the sea shore is especially emphasized, while the entrance side is reduced to the west. The side facades are almost in completely closed and are directed north and south.
The house is placed on a recessed pedestal 60 cm high, which makes it look like it is floating.
In order to achieve the effect of “floating over the field”, the house is located on pedestal 60 cm high, which is retracted in relation to the facade. This effect required the construction of a staircase with an access terrace, but also a careful elaboration of the details of the thermal and waterproofing.
Steel construction, demit facade
The construction of the building is made of steel, while the longest span of the steel element is even 20 meters. Facade walls are dry-assembled, with an appropriate layer of thermal insulation. It is planned to install a demit facade, with accentuated joints around the door and windows.
On the terrace towards the yard (as a final covering) is planned granite ceramics (on the floor, walls and ceiling). It’s carpentry aluminum, with thermal interrupts. On large portals to the courtyard are provided lifting and sliding glass window-door opening systems. All rooms in the house have natural ventilation and underfloor heating.
Clear division of zones
Programmatically, the building consists of two parts: daily i night zones. The space that connects them is intended for a gym, laundry, and an entrance area of modest dimensions.
The living area is organized as combined open plan room. The night zone consists of two bedrooms with bathroom. The master bedroom has area of 30 m2. In the basement, there is a space for installations, and a storage room for storing garden furniture and tools for maintaining the yard.
An eccentric detail is the pool fence made of unbroken glass, whose length is an ambitious 7 meters.
In the front yard there are pedestrian and car access, parking for four cars and access to technical rooms in the basement. The inner courtyard consists pool s floor terrace, space with summer kitchen and barbecue, showers and toilets. An eccentric detail is the pool fence of unbroken glass, whose length amounts to ambitious 7 meters.
The materialization of the interior has been reduced so as not to disturb the view of the sea, the pool and nature. Large-format granite ceramics and multi-layer parquet are provided for covering the floors in the interior. The furniture is from MDF and veneered panels combined with piece furniture. Surface-mounted and recessed LED lighting is provided.
Regionalization of the architectural scene
After the renovation of the Hotel in Crikvenica, the holiday house on Pag is another in a series of projects domestic architects on the coast of the Croatian coast. Although, according to some views, Croatia has a better architecture than Serbia, domestic authors of the younger generation are slowly making their way to the regional and global market.
On the other hand, architects from the region come to Serbia. For example, 3LHD and Lotus Architects from Zagreb are building their facilities in Belgrade. It can be said that, after decades of isolation, architectural scene in the Balkans it becomes international again, based on the mutual exchange of ideas, experiences and examples of good practice.
- object name: Sheep House
- the city: Novalja, Pag, Croatia
- project authors: Polyarch Studio
- year of design: 2020.
- Year of construction: 2021.
- area: 216 m2
- floors: Po + P
- investment value: 200,000 euros
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