house hb
house hb

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location: Pirniče, Ljubljana
client: private

project: 2004-2005
built: 2005-2007

Bevk Perović project team:
Matija Bevk
Vasa J. Perović
Maja Valič

photo: Miran Kambič

House HB, situated on top of the low hill, appears like a transparent object rising from the ground. Despite its dominant position, the house seems to merge with the landscape. At first sight it looks like a kind of prototypical house-shape, dominating the top of the hill.

House HB aims to keep iconographic motives of the traditional house such as pitched roof, relatively small volume and linear spatial sequences.

But it is more spacious then it appears from a distance – a whole floor of the house is ‘submerged’ into the hill underneath it. The intimate areas of the house, including bedrooms and library, are hidden in the terrain while the living areas are located in the upper part of the house.

The two elevations offer quite different living experiences. While the lower structure is built in concrete and is oriented towards the hidden patio, the upper structure is made of glass, entirely transparent along the longer edges of the building. The open interior has no partitions. Different areas like kitchen, dining and living are distinguished by the selection of furniture, groups of which form a kind of virtual rooms.

The border between inside and outside is merging, the inside of the house continuing on the grass via wooden platforms. The surrounding landscape therefore becomes an extended living environment.