Country: Bulgaria
City (location): Bistritsa Village (near Sofia)
Office: I/O architects, 27 Neofit Rilski str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Authors: Georgi Katov, Viara Jeliazkova
Client: private, withheld
Function/Purpose: residential, private house
Project: 2002 – 2003
Total floor area: 87 sq.m
Year began: 2006
Year/month completed: 2008 /October
Bibliography (if work has been published): Abitare Bulgaria – Architecture and Design Magazine
Photographs: Abitare Bulgaria – Architecture and Design Magazine

Located in a small mountain village, now a quarter of Sofia, this house is a simple volume floating over the steep triangular plot. The open space below is intended as a martial arts training hall hidden in the slope. The plan is organized between the two solid walls, the veranda, the intermediate space of the stair and the small courtyard/opening in the centre. A suspended hand-woven wooden sticks wattle unifies the external and the internal spaces, serving both as cladding on the blind walls and shading in front of the glazing. The elevated position of the house reveals unexpected view over the surroundings.

Materials and construction systems

Reinforced concrete/metal/timber structure, exposed concrete, PVC coated metal cladding, hand-woven wooden sticks wattle on metal structure.

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