ZG URBAN VILLAS
ZG-urban villa are type of small residential building with 3-4 (5,6)
apartments on common parcel. This type is in line with types erected
in the first part of former century on the northern city parts
- under name "rented villa"). Type is supposed for the
Zagreb north, areas of individual houses, to increase density and
not to ruin the green belt. Some consider urban villa inappropriate
name, and some found this type of inappropriate dwelling - being
in between social and luxurious. It is unclear how to treat the
empty space around house, garden that belongs to all apartments?
My experience with urban villas is:
On the open competition for the housing complex of nine urban villas,
these three had won 1st prize and eventually in 1991. were realized
under names Lena, Mija, Silvija.
Each edifice has twelve units: in basement /2/, in ground floor /4/,
in first floor /4/ and attic /2/, of different size from 40 to 120
square meters. All three have the same constructive, communication
and installation system, but many flat variation and facade differentiation.
Lena and Mija have an entrance patio and roof terraces for the common
use. Silvija on the same position had community room later converted
into small shop.
First idea was monochromatic objects with a lot of greenery over
the terraces and patios, but when investor had given up of that,
because of expenses, very extensive use of colours become an issue
of this project.
-Vrapče, where working drawings were made by another architect, and
-Kušlanova, where only idea sketches were made