Konštari – A Modern Summer House on the Pelješac Peninsula

“By definition, a villa, summer house or country estate is a prestigious residential building, a luxurious holiday home, often large-scale and surrounded by a park.”
The modern architectural country estate complex Konštari, or better yet the modern summer house Konštari, has all the spatial characteristics of a luxurious holiday home and can be rightly called a modern summer house.

Photo: Marko Ercegović

Photo: Marko Ercegović

The hamlet of Konštari is situated in the dynamic Pelješac landscape at the junction of the peninsula and land.
A small karst field, at the bottom of the rocky hills covered with macchia, was clearly the reason why the agrarian and residential settlement Konštari emerged at that very spot.
As in all agrarian settlements in Dalmatia, Konštari is characterised by an authentic atmosphere with stone walls, stone floors and stone benches. Stone was part of the landscape and has remained part of the cultivated landscape even after the construction. In such a stone-shaped exterior, shade under the mulberry, vine lattice or similar Mediterranean greenery has always been an important element. Outdoor garden space is more important than the interior of the house, while the relationship between the built environment and landscape forms an indivisible whole.
The Mediterranean ambience is the reason why such construction complexes have once again attracted global interest as places of relaxation, rest or tourism, where through Booking or similar services one click can take you from any of the European or world urban centres to “isolation“ in Konštari.

Photo: Marko Ercegović

Photo: Marko Ercegović

Photo: Marko Ercegović

Photo: Marko Ercegović

The complete article is published in Autumn 2020 issue of Piranesi No. 42-43/Vol. 28.

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Project Data

Architectural office: n`onA
Architect: Davor Bušnja
Project Team: Špela Kočevar, Javier Santome (suradnici / collaborators)
Client: Private
Site area: 3800 m²
Gross floor area: 200 m²
Built up area: 145 m²
Net area: 153 m²
Project Year: 2014
Completed Year: 2017