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Zaha unveils prototype Croatian villas


[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Dubbed the Shell and the Rock, these two prototype holiday homes have been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as part of a proposed new 400 villa golf and spa resort in Croatia

The development will overlook the old town of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast with the Hadid villas ‘defining the overall architectural design of the resort’.

Design Concept: Rock
A ‘distinct’ seven bedroom house , split over three levels structure with a ‘highly expressive, sculptural quality, infused with a sense of light and space’. The design is inspired by the Croatian karst topography and typical karst elements such as sharp-edged cliffs, caves, dolines and sinkholes.

Design Concept: Shell
A luxury house with an elongated curvilinear building shape, inspired by shell structures found along the Croatian coastline. The seven bedroom house is designed as a three level structure keeping the buildings profile low in relation to the surrounding landscaping and the old town of Dubrovnik.

Zaha Hadid's prototype Croatian villa - Rock section

Zaha Hadid’s prototype Croatian villa - Rock section

Project data

Client: Razvoj Golf
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Markus Planteu
Lead Designer: Thomas Mathoy
Project Team: Dennis Brezina, Ivan Ucros, Jesus Garate, Dimitris Akritopoulos,
Muthahar Khan
Size: Gross Floor Area 1,000m to 2,000m
Consultants: Masterplan OBMI and WATG


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Readers' comments (3)

  • Zaha working her magic again

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  • Zaha Hadid should be banned! Relationship with the landscape = 0. It looks like an OVNI that will fly away at any time. It could be a nice boat though.

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  • Craine

    I love ZHA shape-making, and I understand these are just "concepts", but in a country with half the GDP per capita compared to the UK, I'm not sure how appropriate development is, beyond the architecture.

    I've been made pretty pessimistic as a result of Trump's Scottish golf affair. Is there a genuine opportunity for the people of Dubrovnik and Croatians in general as a result of this, or is it purely a money spinner? More info please!

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