There is a simple guideline to this project and that is the history of its rural place and people. I tried to embody these qualities in both contemporary and authentic project of revitalization. Following antique and human values that I usually find in rural villages, I discovered this ruin, the stone house, and decided to do a research about the families that were living there in the past. In this way, memories of the ruin and its past life were integrated with the new design of revitalization. An interview with the prof. dr Negoslav Ostojic, ECPD Executive Director, profoundly influenced my research and the project. He also knew the last family that owned the stone house very well, and that strongly informed my design in many ways. One of them is the great responsibility I had after learning the history of the people and personalities who lived there.
A minimalist approach was the final product. The key idea was liberation of the space, openings towards the horizon, removal, not cluttering, nature as an archetype of design. Modern design makes the transparency of the house possible, but it does not bear down on the antique value of the hewn stone. In this way, I also brought natural light inside the space . The overall formalization of the main ideas was the reconnection of antique puzzle pieces.
The old stairs has been retained inside the interior space. Before, they led to the terrace from where it was possible to enter the first floor of the house. From driveway to the house, it is not even possible to notice that it has been renovated. Flat roof is almost at the level of the former second floor of the stone house, just a bit elevated.
Drawing © Marija Gavrilovic
Date: May 12, 2016