Architects : 3LHD & Ecoing
Location : Lozica, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Proyect Team : Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Romana Ilic, Marin Mikelic, Ivana Dabrovic / Ecoing d.o.o., Kristina Vidic / Ecoing d.o.o.
Area : 959.0 sqm
Photographs : Marko Ercegovic
Collaborators : Mario Josipovic – Mechanical installations, Berislav Medic – Structural engineering, Branko Corko (IPZ Elektroinženjering-22 d.o.o.) – Electrical engineering, Makro 5 – Pool systems, Marija Babojelic – Bill of quantities, Horting d.o.o. – Landscape design, Ines Hrdalo – Landscape design, Mateo Bilus (AKFZ studio d.o.o. ) – Building physics
Supervision : Gark konzalting d.o.o.
Main Contractor : Alfaplan građenje d.o.o.
House V2 is located in Dubrovnik, in the urbanized area of Lozice. In an attractive location close to the sea, which is determined by steep topography made up of retaining walls, terraces and staircases an existing unsuitable house was replaced by a new one. In keeping with a long tradition of Mediterranean transformation and cultivation of nature and overcoming of”doc” (the local term for a depression: a smaller arable land area), stone wall sand altitude differences were used as the basis for laying new topographic layers in horizontal and vertical direction.
Horizontal, gently undulating roof plate follows the internal structure of the building and also defines the body of the house which is incorporated into the landscape by its geometry. The simple and geometric forms of the house with their materials and white stone facades are in accordance but also in contrast to the drywall.
The basic concept of the design of the living environment was to create a house that is at the same time open to nature but also sufficiently protected against the climate. The wonderful and high quality view seen from the plot is maximally utilized with large glass windows on the facades.
The house is developed in several levels because of the slope of the plot – the entrance is on the top floor, parking area is next to the street, and other activities are organized in split-levels: three bedrooms with bathrooms, parents’ bedroom with a dressing room and a bathroom, staircase, spacious living room, dining area, kitchen, service space, storage and toilet, TV lounge with a projector screen and space for children to play. Living and dining room have a direct connection with the outside spaces -partially covered terrace with an outdoor pool. The environment is also designed in several levels-terraces that are connected by stairs and go down to the sea.
The facade and the roof are clad in white stone plates; large glass windows are partially recessed into the volume and open the house to wards the sea but at the same time ensure a pleasant shade in the interior. Terraces are paved with stone or teak planks and all available surfaces are planted with indigenous plant species and executed in materials adapted to the area and location climate.
3LHD is a collaborative architectural studio, particularly interested in the integration of architecture, art and (urban) landscape, an approach which has resulted in a series of projects and realizations in Croatia and abroad. 3LHD has an integrative approach to projects and believes that in addition to functional, architecture must respond to many other issues. Basic principles of the practice are woven into the modernity of the early 21st century.
Our design approach is each time with different realities, and with many different parameters that we give ourselves and which are given to us, it is integral, analytical and iterative. It is based on modification of opinions of different people, that we seek to bring into production, these are various specialists, experts in various areas and with them we try to achieve highest quality. This is where our approach is like that of a producer and we often bring ourselves in the role of a director or a DJ who performs the best editing. In such a way we investigate the most appropriate concept and try to create new value. We always make a kind of a prototype, which is sometimes, like in automobile industry, a redesign, and sometimes a research undertaking.
3LHD is an architecture studio founded by four partners – Saša Begović (born 1967 in Bjelovar), Marko Dabrović (born 1969 in Dubrovnik), Tanja Grozdanić Begović (born 1968 in Zagreb) and Silvije Novak (born 1971 in Rijeka). 3LHD was founded in 1994 when three of the four partners were still students on the Architecture faculty in Zagreb, in an atmosphere of Croatia’s political and economic transition. The studio was formed on the basis of team work and atmosphere. After years of successful business, 3LHD has appointed a new partner in 2016, Paula Kukuljica (born 1976 in Oakville, Kanada).
All of the partners are graduates from Architectural Faculty, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
3LHD partners have been visiting lecturers on institutions all over the world and currently they are teachers on Architectural Faculties, University of Zagreb and Split, Croatia.