Clean living: House Suha in Slovenia by Arhitektura d.o.o
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In any rural area, a pristine, cubic and minimal house such as this is a clear statement of intent. Where the context is historical, such as the town of Škofja Loka in Slovenia, the proposal begins to look if not provocative, then perhaps radical. That such a house can be built at all is a credit to the designers Arhitektura d.o.o as well as the local authorities who approved it. I am sure it would have a hard time gaining approval in most conservative rural areas in Europe especially England.
The house replaces an existing building on a family farm and perhaps, in its architectural style, reflects the academic education as well as some exposure to urban ways of living for the younger generation that commissioned it, and that will live in it. Looking closely at the house, its pitched roof, its scale and its composition within the farm yard relative to the neighbouring properties, and it is clear that some heritage restrictions have informed the design, albeit intelligently.
The property has impressive environmental credentials with two boreholes amongst a plethora of energy saving and environmentally sustainable features.