Enchanting stories, beautiful places, the impenetrable calm and a house that stores the happy moments in life. This is one of the few perfect scenarios that cross my mind when thinking about the breathtaking Croatia with its amazing landscapes. Here we are, on the island of Krk, discovering the fascinating work of DVA Arhitekta, a vacation house, welcoming and luxurious, at the same time. Wrapped in stones, the facade is like a reflection of the natural scenery. The water and the mountains meet the horizon line and a smooth breeze of serenity floods the living area. I suppose this is how the “holiday paradise” looks like.
The upstairs living room offers some of the best views, being a fantastic spot for leisure and daydreaming. A stunning panoramic view lies in front of your eyes while you drink a cup of tea on one of the fancy sofas. The interior keeps a simple design line, with ornamental walls made of stone and with plenty of wooden details. The authentic wilderness confers a unique experience and the white colour on the walls exhales pureness and luminosity. Ideal for your summer vacation, this house, located on the Coast of Croatia is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and comfort. Ever thought of such a home vacation?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
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