House K
completed, Zagreb, 2008.

Family house K is situated on a large residential plot on a moderate eastern-facing slope at the edge of a forest near the base of Sljeme hill.  
The concept of the house is inspired by the shape of a snail's shell, which involves a spiral twisting around its own axis, and as such all functional elements of the house follow each other and are built around a central atrium. The atrium was made in order to compensate for a lack of sunlight in the living-room area and enabled two-way lighting of certain rooms.  
The house is maximally open and rises two floors towards a vast green meadow and forest; towards the street the house is enclosed by a simple ground-floor façade with a hidden garage door.   
Diverse and colorful elements which find a place in the home in order to satisfy the needs and wants of the inhabitants are developed in a 600 m2 area and in several half-levels, thus making the best possible use of the terrain's difference in altitude and visually making the house appear smaller.
All façades and terraces are paneled with untreated teak boards. The use of wood paneling continues in the interior in response to the spiral progression, as well as to achieve an intimate and comfortable atmosphere.
A final accent to the house was made by the roof terrace. One reaches it via an external spiral staircase that hangs in the atrium between the first level and the roof, thus accentuating the fact that a family house, besides being a home for a family, has also to serve as a place for indulging in companionship, comfort, luxury and gratification.

PROJECT NAME House K

PROJECT NO 102

PROGRAM housing

STATUS completed

PROJECT 2004-2005

CONSTRUCTION 2005-2008

LOCATION Croatia, Zagreb

SITE AREA 1110 m²

GROSS FLOOR AREA 595 m²

VOLUME 2287 m³

FOOTPRINT 317 m²

AUTHOR 3LHD

PROJECT TEAM Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marčić

PROJECT TEAM COLLABORATORS Romana Ilić, Ivan Milonja, Ana Penavić

PHOTOGRAPHY Damir Fabijanić