How to reinterpret a traditional architectural typology for contemporary living?

When I met the clients – a young couple with three little girls – I was overwhelmed by the deep connection between them. What would then be more logical than, to instead of designing them a classical multi separate-rooms’ house, rather make them a functionally interconnected, monospaced volume. A playfull space that, on every step encourages creativity. An open space where each family member could interact with other. A space that is complemented with small niches that, when needed, provide intimacy to its occupants. A spacious but highly rationalized space that, rather than betting on a big volume, counts on expanding outdoor into the beautiful nature that surrounds the house.
House itself is laid gently across two gentle hill slopes. Main terrace oriented toward the south and the sun extends the dinning room and connects it with the outdoor kitchen while living room is extended thru the full wall panoramic window oriented toward the beautiful vista of the nearby valley on the west. Small pool, located on the other side of the summer terrace lays under the most beautiful part of the plot – the small hill with some old spruce trees overlooking the property.

















































Location: Trata pri Velesovem, Slovenia
Client: private
Type: single family house
Built: 2014
Contractor: Bauta
Photos: Virginia Vrecl


Fact sheet

  • usable surface 155 sq m
  • site 1116 sq m
  • construction time 6 months
  • wooden construction
  • low energy house – energy consumption – PHPP: 23,5 kW /(m2a)
  • heat pump air-water
  • air recuperation
  • rain water recycling
  • KNX smart home
  • Finnish sauna


  • OHS – Open House Slovenia 2014


  • HIŠE
  • Delo in Dom
  • Finance
  • Eko hiša & stil
  • Arhitext
  • DŘEVO&stavby


  • Wood in Contemporary Slovenian Architecture 2010-2015
  • New Eco Homes – New Ideas for Sustainable Living
  • Sustainability Concepts of Energy Efficient Single Family Houses (2016)

Online media


Ambienti; on national television SLO1


Awards & Nominations

  • Mies van der Rohe Award – nomination by Slovenia Consultant Committee (2014)
  • 2nd Award for the best Wood Construction 2016 – shortlisted finalist