A+A House is a project designed in Zagreb, Croatia for a young and modern family that desired a home, in the city area where they both grew up. Despite the fact that the house follows a certain neighbourhood design outline, the difference between old and new is noticeable. The materials used in defining this new residential project are modern, the roof is quite unique, the cuts are edgy, allowing light to flood the interior and overall, the house is a unique exhibit among this “collection” of adorable traditional houses.
“The new house follows the neighbouring one at the point of contact, but further along it expands, most obviously on the roof. Discontinuity of the house is alleviated by perpendicular raster of the cladding panels, into which the openings fit. Opposite to the abstract exterior, intimate and warm interior is made to suit the clients.” Dominated by an imposing staircase, the interior incorporates wood accents and neutral colours. Characterised by elegance and style, the A+A House is simply a wonderful, uncluttered space, where one can enjoy the benefits of a happy and tranquil home environment.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.