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Hiža - Private House, an organic cottage in the heart of Croatia

Designed by Studio Prohar under the guidance of architect Davor Mateković, this private home reinterprets the typical building tradition and features of the local heritage.  Standing on the green slopes close to Kumrovec - Croatia – the pre-existing shape of the house has been preserved while the portico has been replaced with a glass cube which extends beyond the main volume of the house and also acts as an entrance area.  This organic cottage breathes and changes according to the weather conditions, thus creating a direct link with its natural surrounds.  Widely considered to be an archaic material that has fallen into disuse, straw has been used innovatively on both the roofs and walls, combined with a wood bearing structure and a cubic structure in aluminium, which makes this house a tribute to the rich culture and heritage of the Zagorje region. Comfortable taormina armchairs by Alfredo Haeberli have been chosen to furnish the light-filled living room with a splash of colour. 

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Alias meets Architect Proarh, Davor Mateković
Proarh is an architectural office founded in 1992 with its headquarters in Zagreb. Under the management of its founder and principal architect Davor Matekovic, the firm has evolved into a multidisciplinary workshop, creating different projects of various functions, typologies, as well as programmatic and spatial dimensions. Architecture is approached as a diversely complex topic, where all its individual elements are formative and the design process is all encompassing. It includes not only solving the given functional requirements, but also concept implementation, a progressive idea that gives the project its final quality. While attempting not to limit itself to only one type of project, the divergence of typologies requires an individual approach to each problem, with a tendency to be better, different, more innovative, and the final result is contemporary in every aspect.
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