Thursday, October 16, 2008

Montenegro Residences by BIG

"The Montenegro Terraces are located in a scenic bay between Budva og Svedi Stefan. The site is located on a steep incline and incorporates 8,000 m2 of holiday homes.

In an effort to combine maximum density with minimum impact we created the residential architecture by turning the topography in to the masterplan. Like a naturally generated desgin we made every 4th topoline the facade of a terrace house. The facades follow the natural curvature of the mountain terrain providing large private gardens with apnaromic views of Aegean Sea.

The result is a landscape of inhabited ricefields. Topography as architecture."

Simple concept, but couldn't agree more to it. Topography as architecture, as a paragon of Organic Architecture.

"So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no traditions essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense or of super-sense if you prefer determining form by way of the nature of materials..." - Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939

This, aesthetic is to appreciate from the inside, which is the exact function of the built environment. For being used, not being seen. deeply intergrate with the Genius Loci( the steep incline clif-like hill) on the other hand capture the most essential element of the Site, blue sea which a total horizon.

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