A 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.