titleCountry estate in Herzegovina



authorsTomislav Curkovic, Zoran Zidaric

collaboratorsCvjetka Peronja, Mise Renic

photographerRobert Les

project year2007

completion year2011

area size950 m2

total floor area35 000 m2


Located in a remote, poorly inhabited part of West Herzegovina canton, the site stretches over 35 000 square meters of wild landscape, bound by strong stone walls. The ensemble of houses in Bijača is joyous in its self-evident character found only in the countryside. Their placement sets the stage for a place of gathering, not only as a memory of local tradition, but also as a hierarchy of relationships necessary for the community to function. The interrelation between the houses creates fine outside spaces, protected from the wind, suitable for enjoying time spent on fresh air. Houses are mainly two-storied, with daily life happening on the ground level, having contact with the outdoor. Concrete construction is cladded in stone from the local quarry. Stone frames around the openings in facade, also traditional elements, are made in plaster and emphasized to achieve the playfulness of basic stone element. Connections between units are paved in same local stone.