House in Zagreb Gets Best Residential Building Award in Hong Kong

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The house was designed by Zagreb’s SODA Architects

House B, a project by Zagreb’s SODA Architects, won the award for Best Completed Project – Residential Building at S.ARCH Conference, held July 7 – 9 in Hong Kong.

S.ARCH is an annual conference on architecture and built environment and this year it was held at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture. The three-day event puts focus on sustainability in architecture and it is a unique event providing a common platform for academics/researchers and architects, as well as students, construction companies, civil engineers, developers, etc., from more than 30 countries around the world.

Vedran Jukić of SODA Architects held a lecture on the house and on the studio’s work.

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The 280 m2 house is located on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain, in the north-west part of Zagreb and it was built in 2012.

The house is set longitudinally, facing west-east to maximise the benefits of southern orientation and provide a view of the city from all living areas. It was shaped by a simply dislocating the upper floor volume, creating two valuable outdoor spaces – the functional extension of the interior of the house, the entrance with parking places in the west, and the terrace with a roof garden for parents in the east.

The functional organisation of space is very simple. The living room and kitchen are located on the ground floor, while the upper floor is intended for sleeping areas, and the basement is used as the service area.

The house is arranged around a centrally positioned two-storey living room that is vertically connected with the upper floor gallery. The gallery serves as a horizontal link between the parents’ bedroom and the children’s playroom.

The gallery’s upper windows offer a view of the city. Large, south-facing windows allow the winter sunshine to enter the house and passively warm it. The two-storey living space accumulates heat and is distributed it around the house. In summer, the house is protected from the sun with a pergola and movable blinds.

See the gallery here.


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