Reconstruction of the family house in Kraljevica
AUTHOR: Dora Perković
PROJECT: Reconstruction project
AREA: 312 m2
The family house is located in the center of Kraljevica, whose rich history dates back to prehistoric times (the time of the Illyrian tribe Liburni). The city has its first important function as a trading port and later as a shipyard. Construction experienced the greatest momentum in the 19th and early 20th century, when several representative townhouses and royal captains’ residences were built. Along Strossmayer’s Street and along the street parallel to the shipyard, there is a series of “captain” representative town houses, typical symmetrical facades whose central axis is often emphasized by balcony , with a wrought iron fence, on the first floor. The façade decorations have simple historicist and secessionist style features. One of these buildings is the mentioned family house that is being reconstructed. The task of the project is to increase the number of residential units from one to two, separate the entrances of the same and organize the second residential unit on the 1st and 2nd floors / high attic, while keeping the ground floor in its existing condition with a few necessary modifications; the volume of the existing house has been reduced to a rectangular-original form (“cleaned”) by demolishing the built-in two-storey volume on the side of the courtyard, inside which were bathrooms on each floor. Bathroom on the ground floor was moved to the central entrance hall of the same floor. The basic division of the newly designed interior space of the upper floors, with an accentuated central axis (central space with a staircase and a passage to the terrace) and symmetrical proportions of the lateral spaces, was retained. The idea, visually, is to create a “house in house” effect by designing a “parasite volume that penetrates existing house and grows out of it “, which is achieved by designing an entrance approach and treating the aforementioned approach and upgrading volume with contrasting material to the existing plaster.