Studio completed the design and development of the Olive House, an imposing modern construction located on Pag Island in Croatia. According to the architects, the concept of the project highlights “the features of the location, such as the southern orientation of the terrain, sea vista, Mediterranean climate pleasant for outdoor living” as well as “traditional Pag stone construction, the tradition of using wood for window shades and ship decks, and the indigenous Dalmatian vegetation”. Red parparot, a stone native to the island, was used for building terraces of different heights, overlooking the houses on the coast.
The Program of the house is designed for everyday living of a married couple, with frequent visits from their adult children and friends: “The upper floor contains basic living facilities, surrounding the atrium with an olive tree. Kitchen and dining room, terrace and summer kitchen face the slope, and the living area with a floating deck face the sea. The ground floor accommodates additional facilities – wine cellar, laundry and facility rooms, wellness and fitness areas that open up to the covered terrace and outdoor pool. The pool is shaped linearly as a swimming lane over 17 meters long.” Sustainable features of the residence include a green roof, eco-friendly materials, geothermal heat pump system and solar collectors. [Photography: ]