14 meters of joy on the Island of Pag?
This project is a notion of many ideas taken from traveling and noticing how particular structures are formed in relation to the actual needs and functions.
First is the use of local stone as a building material like ice on Greenland used to built igloos. Second is the shape of traditional shelters called Kažun on the Istria peninsula http://www.stoneshelter.org/stone/kazun.htm, Hupa on the island of Brac and the water tanks crowning the roof tops of the Manhattan skyscrapers. Also it is a come back to vision of Buckminster Fuller and his Dymaxion Deployment Unit (DDU) from the 1940s.
Kruna in croatian language means the crown. It is the name of the area of Kosljun bay on the Island of Pag, where people since the bronze age settled and built the castle, still visible in the form of the drystone walls and tombs around.
People of Pag for centuries learned how to cultivate the rocky land creating small oasis for living.
Our project is a tiny studio apartment hidden within one of these private oasis cared with devotion every day and night. It consists of two units, both rounded in plan as the circle has the most advantageous of circumference to the interior space. The main one of the radius approximately 4 m nests the kitchenette with a stove, eating and sleeping facilities, while the smaller one of 1 m is a wet room. The stone used is simply dig out from underneath and reused. The masons took a lot of skill and craft to lay the walls, the roof and peculiarly to create small alcoves, shelves and pockets for storing to the inside and to the outside. The furniture is exclusively designed and inspired by yachts interior. It can be freely moved, joint, reassembled to individual purpose. The ceilings are frescos in mind to be painted live by the artist ebbing the sea and the heavens to spring up the 14 sq meters of joy.
Photographs are spanning the construction from the end of February 2014.
Project is due to be completed by the end of June.
Thank you for looking
Location: Pag, HR
My Role: Architect