3LHD's provocative new Zagreb dwelling
Even though at first glance the design and size of the House V may seem inappropriate to its surrounding landscape, the house found its foothold in a developed neighborhood. However, it's design and careful integration with the landscape set it apart from the context of neighboring buildings.
The house is situated in parallel with the street, has an elongated floor plan and takes a defensive position towards the street to which it opens only through small vertical glass windows. On the other side, the ground floor of the house opens towards a park with long horizontal sliding openings and draws nature inside. The emphatic longitudinal plan of the house imposed an almost conceptual mastering of the house’s elements.
The living area is the most central and highest point of the house, and it is from here that one goes to the bedrooms. This is also a position from which the home’s dimensional progression changes; it is the truest site for spatial exploitation. An almost sculptural staircase made from massive oak and white MDF opens into an airy gallery at the upper level and creates a necessary counterbalance to the unpretentious remainder of the house.