Project: Weekend House J
Location: Bloke, Slovenia
Area: 90 sqm
Authors: BAAM architects
Typology: Single-family dwelling
Photo/Viz: BAAM arhitekti
This modern wooden weekend house is situated in the region with the most abundant snowfall in Slovenia. The unspoiled nature of Bloke offers the young family a retreat from a hectic schedule and a space for socializing.
The house is designed from the inside out. The open floor plan of the ground floor and the upper floor ensures that the weekend house, despite its small size, feels airy and free-flowing. Therefore, the closed spaces - WC, bathroom, and staircase - are distanced from the outer walls. The openings - windows, prescribed in narrow and high proportions as is typical for a local traditional house, are symmetrically arranged on the facade. The view and the most intimate outdoor space are located on the northern side of the house. For passive solar heating, all the openings of the house, including the entrance doors on the south, are glazed.
The roof of the house extends into a summer kitchen via awnings on all sides of the building. The wooden facade is shielded by large eaves, additionally supported by metal columns, which together withstand heavy snowfall. The columns are arranged asymmetrically and contrastingly emphasize the wooden envelope of the house. Wood also appears on the interior, giving it a warm character. The closed parts - WC, bathroom, and staircase - and the floors are made of concrete, creating a contrast with the wooden envelope.
All the glazed doors-windows on the ground floor can be completely opened, thus connecting the living space outside and inside.