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: nest and cave house author: idis turato, turato architecture, www.idisturato.com 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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