Second prize in the competition Small prefabricated house in nature

This house summarizes all the qualities of one cabin, and by adding a plateau and a roof terrace, it completely opens up to nature.

Architects Sanja Cvetkovic i Ana Curk from Nis in a harmonious but technologically innovative and mature way reinterpreted the classic idea of ​​a wooden cabin in the woods and with such a solution won second place at the Mini Home: Small House in Nature competition organized by the Gradnja portal and supported by the Alumil company.

House named Darkforest it is located on the slopes of the Stara Planina mountain and is designed as a space for rest and work in a shady, forest environment. The starting point for the design was the idea of ​​relativizing the boundaries between outer and inner space. Large glass surfaces and skylights, light wood that extends from the interior to the edge of the porch, a dining table that continues on the porch, connect the two spaces creating the illusion of unity.

Every user would be happy to use it immediately

“A house on a pedestal that every user would immediately be happy to use” – points out the expert jury. The idea is based on a realistic, reduced principle of living space that is easily feasible and applicable systemically constructive and sustainable solution. The house is skillfully designed, both in terms of mass and design, as well as functionally. The semi-buried foundation trough has the role and places for accommodating installations, the roof terrace as an observatory and the simple shape of the building are the advantages of this building.

The roof terrace is designed as an observatory among the canopies.

The articulated construction of the protective window panels provides various opening possibilities, and the slatted grid creates a special shaded atmosphere of the interior. In addition to contributing to the safety and aesthetics of the facility, they increase degree individualization of the object for the case of the formation of settlements of small prefabricated houses in nature. Sustainability of construction and application of materials, along with simplicity of form and complexity of fulfilled function make this idea desirable, affordable and sustainable.

It represents a special quality roof terrace which is conceived as an observatory among the canopies, a place to be alone and enjoy the natural ambience of the forest.

The house can be energy independent (with the installation of water tanks and solar panels) or connected to the city network. The space for technical installations, tank and generator for electricity, is provided in a half-buried concrete trough, which also has the function of a foundation. The technical space is accessed through a floor door, behind a desk on the ground floor.

Flexible space

Useful spaces are divided on three floors, with a total heating surface of 35.5 square meters. The ground floor has a living room with sofa bed, kitchen with dining area and work area, while the first floor has a sleeping area. The living area is skillfully and well dimensioned, there is a good choice of context as well as communication between indoor and outdoor space through a precise angular opening. The reduced form and clean organization of the space gives the answer to the topic of a small prefabricated house.

Selected furniture of reduced and unburdening forms provides a feeling of lightness, and flexibility in the organization of space. The house is surrounded by a spacious terrace, whose area is sufficient to accommodate additional furniture for enjoyment, lunch or work outdoors.

Attractive and environmentally friendly

Having in mind the ecological aspects of building and staying in nature, the whole house is designed in accordance with natural, environmental materials. The correct constructive grid enables the production of typical, modular building elements, and thus fast prefabricated construction. The treated wood was chosen for the facade cladding Japanese ignition technique.

For every praise is the quality of the very idea it offers diversity of space, the relationship with nature through a series of positions as well as constructive logic that is very feasible with minimal impact on the soil. This choice of materials makes the forest house one with the environment in which it is located.





Prizes in the Mini home competition

The amount of the award at the Mini Home competition: Small prefabricated house in nature, for second place, is 600 euros. The total prize fund is 2,500 euros.

See which 5 works received praise in the Mini Home competition. The third prize went to the solution of the House on Water, and the first prize will be announced June 17.

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