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 houseimage © sandro lendler




aerial viewimage © zelimir gržančić

view from the swimming pool

under the consoleimage © ivan dorotić

panoramic view in front of the houseimage © sandro lendler

console detailimage © ivan dorotić

night swimmingimage © sandro lendler

living room interiorimage © sandro lendler

entrance space interiorimage © sandro lendler

entrance diagramimage © turato architecture


usage of the spaceimage © 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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  • awful, another client who lets himself be fooled by the cantilever cheap-trick… as Andre 3000* says, “what is cool in being cool?” and how come architect and clilent do not realise how psychologically unpleasant the feeling is, to have a block looming above your head, no matter how structurally proven? and again, wouldn’t you prefer a vegetated wood pergola with a real mediterranean feel, crating a play of light and shadow, rather then the permanent shaded oppressive ceiling?
    such a pity, it seems a good client…

    *singer of band “Outkast”

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • well, they could hide the smurf balloon just fot the photo you know

    fepo12 says:
  • Quite imaginative, and it doesn’t spoil the view from the house across the street or from the road. Window design and placement seem eccentric; and more windows in the top story, please.

    Mort D'Urban says:
  • I guess the whole point is to impress and wow the observer. What is impressive is the effort expended and the great construction cost of demonstrating that half of ones home is hanging in the air like an unfinished bridge for no particular reason.

    mArkW says:
  • Once you recognize the disconcerting mass further comment becomes pointless. There is complicity on the part of the client.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • Tough crowd! I love this design. Who needs a “reason” for having half your house
    cantilevered at the perfect angle to optimize the view? I agree Mort D’, though. If I were the owners, I might
    be tempted to immediately cut more windows into both levels.

    Mac McDougal says:
  • I totally agree with Bruno de Paris

    Leeya says:
  • I think it’s really beautiful and is perfectly adapted to the Mediterranean landscape

    pablo says:

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