nest and cave house by idis turato
nest and cave house by idis turato nest and cave house by idis turato
nov 13, 2012
nest and cave house by idis turato

‘nest and cave house’ by idis turato




located in the hinterland of the opatija riviera in croatia, the ‘nest and cave house’ remains typologically and morphologically true to the surrounding space as a whole, as it develops a ‘hidden’ side through the dialectics of domination over and subordination to the landscape. not being structured solely by the slope onto which it is built (as it is the case with most villas in opatija), the conception designed by croatian architect idis turato actively constructs the landscape and intertwines it by laying down the ground floor on an upper object which hovers above as a displaced level.


the dislocated upper section and its hypertrophic console express is altered with shadow and hidden openness, the quintessential tension of a mediterranean house: the battle of the light and darkness. the home  becomes a reinterpretation of its heritage by achieving a full form via projecting the object and opening the void in the facade, leaving behind an obscure volume to the living area. through its fenestration facing away from the road and surrounding structures, the landscape penetrates and dictates the depth or flatness of the interior, with a visually dominant white aluminum covered steel grid to invite the kvarner bay inside. with strict geometric and sculptural attributes provide a necessary foundation for a future narrative

view from the street above the house
image © sandro lendler




aerial view
image © zelimir gržančić

view from the swimming pool

under the console
image © ivan dorotić

panoramic view in front of the house
image © sandro lendler

console detail
image © ivan dorotić

night swimming
image © sandro lendler

living room interior
image © sandro lendler

entrance space interior
image © sandro lendler

entrance diagram
image © turato architecture


usage of the space
image © turato architecture



project information:


project: nest and cave house
author: idis turato, turato architecture,
collaborators: ana staničić, ida križaj, ivan arbanas (statics)
photographers: sandro lendler, ivan dorotić, zelimir gržančić
video: sandro lendler (video), ana stulina (editing), damir martinović mrle (music)
site area: 1,771 sqm
total layout surface area: 393.5 sqm
project year: 2010


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