Straw and wood cottages
Thatch and Wooden cottages. The rediscovery of tradition in Croatia

The cottage is situated on the green slopes of Kumrovec, the Croatian municipality of Zagorje and was structurally in a poor condition. Studio Proarh renovates the building taking into account the characteristics of the local heritage and design

The shape of the existing house in Kumrovec is maintained by the Proarh studio, while the porch is replaced by a glass cube. In order to orient the cottage with southern exposure, the glass volume has been slid outwards from the main volume, simultaneously forming a zone of ingress

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The relationships between the interior and exterior spaces are established by a series of openings made of glass walls. The house consists of three floors: the basement, ground floor and first floor, which is made up of an essential living room. There are leisure areas, the dining room and a cooking area on the ground floor while the sleeping area is on the first floor. The spaces on the ground floor are then arranged according to a traditional system of organization that creates a central common area

Straw and wood cottages

The inspiration comes from the traditional architecture of the Zagorje region. The pristine nature of the area for a non-invasive design that has been developed by interpreting the traditional construction of the cottage: a house consisting of basic spaces covered with thatch

Straw and wood cottages

The thatch covering the roof is replaced with a new layer extending into the façade, while the fronts are covered with wood. The entrance avenue is made of tree trunks. The Piedestal, an existing piece of stone, is maintained while the newly designed terrace is made of a wooden floor from which you can appreciate the picturesque landscape of Zagorje

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The house becomes 'organic', it is easily renovated by the resources available locally and processed, it transpires and changes with time, the creation of a healthy living environment

Straw and wood cottages

The innovative use of straw, largely considered to be an archaic and forgotten material, both on the roof and walls in combination with wood as the supporting structure of the dashboard and a glass and aluminum structure, makes this modest house a sumptuous tribute to the richness of culture and heritage of the Zagorje region

Straw and wood cottages

The most difficult part was finding the craftsmen to make the traditional thatched roofing and the facade also built in a traditional way

Straw and wood cottages

The research was based on historical documentation and research on the territory. Documentation on traditional thatched construction methods was lacking, so the research was based mainly on the identification of some of the thatched houses that still exist

Straw and wood cottages

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