A Croatian Cottage, Extended With Glass

Architecture & Interiors

PROARH-09_full-1A traditional, straw-roofed cottage in Zagorje, Croatia, has been given a visually compelling contemporary spin, thanks to a glass cube extension and imaginatively-designed glass door.

Croatian architectural firm PROARCH, intent on preserving the essence of the local architectural vernacular, replaced the original straw roof with one that extends out over the main volume, accommodating an enclosed glass room below. The glass cube, in turn, sits on a simple expanse of wood decking that wraps around the cottage and cantilevers over a gently sloping hillside. Most striking is the perpendicular sliding glass door that completes the glass cube when closed, but, when open, extends off the wood platform entirely, into the surrounding landscape.

At once echoing the simplicity of the cottage’s original form yet providing a sleek textural counterpoint, the glass extension gracefully modernizes the structure without intruding upon it—as all well-designed extensions should.


Images: Europaconcorsi

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  1. Jay B.

    Sep 12, 2013 at 4:25 am

    That sliding glass door is genius! Not to mention the straw roof and coating of the house..And in combination with that view it looks breathtaking. So simple, almost austere, and yet so striking – it has this serene atmosphere that could be used for meditation, especially the terrace. I´m wondering about the rest of the house, I would love to see also the other rooms.

    The path leading to the house is quite interesting, very natural looking..I´m not sure about the material though..Wooden logs buried in the ground?

    • Promila Shastri

      Sep 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

      Couldn’t agree more–and, like you, we wish we had photos of the rest of the house as well!

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